What we learned in the home loss to Golden State

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LeBron James plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA game on Jan. 8 in Minneapolis. JIM MONE AP

Barkley isn't known for his effusive praise of the Warriors, but the TNT analyst couldn't help but pay homage to Durant after he scored 32 points to lead Golden State to a relatively easy 118-108 win over the Cavaliers Tuesday night.

"Several prominent players, speaking on condition of anonymity to ESPN, Cleveland.com and The Athletic, expressed doubt that the problems - an aging roster, defensively challenged personnel and a glut of redundant role players - could simply be worked out through patience and a chance to coalesce when fully healthy".

The Cavaliers do have their own 2018 first-round pick, but it's nowhere as valuable as the Nets' pick.

The Cavs acquired Brooklyn's unprotected first-rounder in an offseason trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. Kevin Durant jokingly called for LeBron James to handle the situation, according to ESPN.

Who the Trends Like: Golden State is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.

Furthermore, numerous wins were racked up against inferior opponents. The Magic also allowed Washington to shoot 56.8 percent and it was the 17th time they gave up 50 percent shooting.

CLEVELAND - Little more than halfway through his rookie season, Warriors forward Jordan Bell is becoming well-versed on the unpredictable nature of the National Basketball Association.




"We were going against a team we've played in the NBA Finals for three straight years". The game January 15 at The Q might provide a preview whether Thomas could make a positive difference if the same two teams meet for a fourth straight championship.

The Golden State Warriors will continue their five-game road trip Wednesday (Thursday AEDT) when they visit the Chicago Bulls. "Like our effort tonight. For us, I don't think we're ready to go right now". The question is whether that potential will ever be realized.

Dwight Howard was nine of 12 from the floor to score 21 points with 17 rebounds in a 118-107 road victory for the Charlotte Hornets against the Detroit Pistons. It's not about the amount of shots, it's the amount of good shots. Apparently those same concerns are being felt in the locker room.

Irving has flourished in Boston and the Celtics now lead the East, while Thomas just started playing again after rehabbing his hip.

Butler is averaging 25.3 points in Minnesota's hot stretch and Towns has 11 of his 37 double-doubles during the roll, which has seen the Timberwolves average 111.1 points on 49.3 percent shooting. "We've played them in the Finals three straight years and I guarantee you there was a moment like this in all three seasons - at least one, sometimes more". They did not play well in the first half, stayed steady in the third quarter, and turned it on in the fourth quarter.

Vardon also quoted a league source who noted the current problems with the Cavs.

"I'm not anticipating anything", Lue said before the Warriors game when asked about potentially accommodating new pieces into his rotation.

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