Enes Kanter trolls LeBron James after Cavaliers loss

LeBron James Zydrunas Ilgauskas

LeBron James Zydrunas Ilgauskas

The Cavaliers went 23-23 after January 8 in the 2016-17 season but still cruised through the Eastern Conference playoffs with a record of 12-1 before losing to the Warriors in five games in the championship series.

The Oklahoma City Thunder (25-20) go on the road to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (27-17) on Saturday at 3:30 PM ET. With 12 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Love played well for Cleveland.

The Thunder are averaging 104.3 points per game with four players - Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams - averaging double-digit points.

George scored a whopping 36 points.

The LeBron James led Cavaliers silenced the critiques momentarily ringing off 13 straight victories, after a 5-7 start, even without Thomas in the lineup. Oklahoma City ranks 21st in three pointers allowed per game (30.2). He went 10-of-15 from the field, for a 66.7% field goal percentage; 3/3 from the line, 4/6 from three-point range.

It was an ugly first half for the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Saturday afternoon.

On the Magic's side, Elfrid Payton led the way with 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting. It was the second time in Westbrook's career he finished a game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. Oklahoma City's offensive rating against the Cavs was 135.2, or almost 22 points per 100 possessions better than the league-leading Warriors. However, Hill failed to duplicate in Sacramento his previous success with the Jazz.

As they showed against their biggest rivals, the Golden State Warriors, this week, the Cavs are well short of being a true championship threat and don't appear truly capable of challenging the Warriors unless they make a move. Hill is a very good decision maker on both ends who is undynamic yet reliable, all of which are qualities the Cavaliers need right now. They were able to acquire an all-star in Isaiah Thomas in return, but his impact would be unknown for a majority of the beginning of the season due to injury.

Asked to compare the Cavs with his former team, Thomas said the Boston Celtics "were just a better defensive team". "We've got to really look in the mirror, look at ourselves and get some pride".

The Cavs' next six opponents, starting Tuesday against the San Antonio Spurs, all have records of.500 or better. The Cavs then travel to Detroit to face the Pistons next Tuesday before wrapping up the month the following night against Miami at The Q.

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