“We’re small,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “You’ve got to play LeBron at the 4 some and got to play Derrick Williams at the 4 some, [Richard Jefferson] at the 4. We are undersized, but you’ve still got to box out and be physical and try the best we can. We do miss Kevin’s defensive rebounding, which is big for us, but we still have to go out and do it.”
James, whom the Cavs have periodically leaned on in this role, has probably earned the right to draw a line in the sand on the matter of his workload at power forward. During the team’s three-game road trip, James had two triple-doubles, and Sunday he had 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists (plus eight turnovers).
— Channing Frye and Thompson — complicates matters.
Asked whether the Cavs’ size was an issue, James answered with a flat “next question” Sunday night.
“As of right now, we just have a lot more to learn,” Kyrie Irving said after scoring 28 points but getting outworked on a few key rebounds by Patrick Beverley late in the game. “That’s what it really boils down to. This is not a perfect team right now, and we understand that.”