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Kristopher Love | 09 February, 2018, 02:44

Meanwhile, the Cavs' downward spiral accelerated.

Cleveland has lost eight straight on national TV since Christmas, and has lost by at least 24 points now four times since January 1.

They lost by 28 at Minnesota, 34 in Toronto, 24 at home to Oklahoma City. The Rockets overwhelmed Cleveland from the perimeter, shooting 19-for-51 on 3s in cruising to victory in the second game of their four-game road trip.

Ryan Anderson added 21 points and 8 rebounds while James Harden was held to 16 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds - 15 below his league-leading average - and the Cavs still got run out of the gym.

Lue didn't make a substitution the entire third period, which ended with the Rockets up 97-69, then sat his starters the entire fourth quarter. Who should the Cavs replace him with? Harden went just 5 of 14 from the field.

James failed to get back on defense within the first minute of the game, foreshadowing a night where he gave significantly less than his normal effort on both ends.

With the February 8 trade deadline rapidly approaching, it is unclear if Cleveland will manage to make good on any previous rumors regarding blockbuster moves to help turn its season around. This group isn't getting it done.

At halftime, coach Tyronn Lue told ESPN/ABC's Lisa Salters his Cavs were "soft, weak, no physicality, no toughness, no grit".

"Don't look like it", Lue said.

Whether that means he needs to read, meditate, deactivate his social media accounts or any of the things he's done alter his mindset before, only he knows.

Did the Cleveland Cavaliers even try against the Rockets, or are they just this bad?

The Cavaliers never led and fell into a double-digit hole before the midpoint of the first quarter. Because they've been over the line for several years in a row (Gilbert promised, remember), the Cavs will owe $43 million in tax penalties this summer.If James is not here next season, sources said, Gilbert will not want to pay anything in tax penalties. He piled up 11 assists and passed former Cavalier Andre Miller (8,524 assists) for ninth place all time in assists. Or hope his front office finds the team's future in the June draft, and pray a premium free agent chooses the harsh Cleveland winters over somewhere warmer? Kevin Love is out for two months. He said the previous two times he recovered more quickly than expected. Dwyane Wade is having one of the worst seasons of his career.

Most concerning may be Thomas, who's only been back for 13 games, but has been horrendous. The No. 4 Blue Devils were upset at Madison Square Garden. They next take the floor on Tuesday when they travel to take on the Orlando Magic.