The Cleveland Cavaliers are an absolute mess right now. Mired in their worst run with LeBron James since his rookie year, the Cavs are in trouble and a fix doesn't seem to be around the corner. Horrendous defeats have been the norm of late, with the Timberwolves and the Thunder beating the breaks off the Cavs with 20+ point wins and adding to the wounds was a thumping 32-point loss at the hands of the Rockets.
Despite this, however, just one of the defeats in this span make the list. The King may have reigned supreme over the NBA for the last decade, but he's had his fair share of humbling defeats. Here's the worst of the lot:
#5 Toronto Raptors 133-99 Cleveland Cavaliers; 11 January 2018
Arguably the low point of this disastrous run. The Raptors have pretty much been owned by the Cavs in the past couple of years. Crushing playoff defeats in the past two years, including a sweep last season meant it's pretty much been one-way traffic so far.
This time, however, even if just for one game, the tables were turned. While LeBron scored 26 points, the rest of the team did next to nothing. Isaiah Thomas shot 2-15, J.R. Smith didn't score a point in 27 minutes, and the team combined to shoot 38% from the field. To make it worse, Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka didn't even play and Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 22 points. The Raptors bench outscored their counterparts 76-48.
Despite this debacle, I'd still fancy Cleveland to get past the Raptors should they face off in the postseason, but this was a forgettable night in what is turning out to be a forgettable season in the Land. The way these guys are going, we might need to roll out updated lists every other week.