The Cavaliers reportedly held a team meeting before Monday’s off-day practice, questioning Kevin Love’s absence from practice Sunday, a day after he left a blowout loss to the Thunder feeling ill.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the “emotional” team meeting featured a locker room “full of finger-pointing.”
Wojnarowski also said a source told him that Love defended his situation to teammates, coaches and management. When he had finished, “there was a sense with some that the team had worked out some issues, but that ultimately remains to be seen.”
That’s the kind of bad atmosphere that can develop when a team has lost 10 of 14 games and allowed a season-high 148 points in their last game, as have the Cavaliers. Even worse, several of those losses have been blowouts. After the Raptors whipped the Cavaliers 133-99 in Cleveland Jan. 11, LeBron James could be seen yelling at teammates on the sideline. James later told reporters, “We’re just in a funk.”
Crosby continued to haunt the Flyers, upping his total to 91 points in 62 career games against Pittsburgh’s intrastate rival.
“Everybody gets up for it,” Crosby said of the rivalry. “It brings out the best in everybody.”
Crosby’s third assist gave him 1,100 career points.
“His line was dynamic,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.
Walker has played his entire six-year career with the Hornets and is eager to stay put, though reports on Friday suggested the team is actively involved in trade talks to send him packing. While Jordan admitted there have been discussions amid the team’s disappointing 19-26 start, nothing has been decided and Charlotte will continue to make a push for the playoffs.
“Obviously, the season has been a disappointment so far, and there have been teams asking about players. Also, we’ve been asking about players,” Jordan said. “We ask teams who they like on our roster and they always say Kemba. It’s not like we are shopping him. We would not just give him up. I love Kemba Walker. I would not trade him for anything but an All-Star player.
“I’m telling you I believe in my team. I’m disappointed in our record and I’m frustrated at times. But I’m telling you I like everything about Kemba’s work. I’m not just going to throw him away.”
Walker, 27, is averaging 21.7 points, 5.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game this season.