The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Indiana Pacers 123-109 Wednesday night, as the Wine & Gold chose to sit LeBron James with just four game left in the season. The LBJ-less Cavs struggled all game long. While the offense wasn’t terrible, the ball was not moving and the threes were not falling. Cleveland had their 10 threes per game streak snapped after shooting just 27.6% from downtown and making only 8 shots from beyond the arc.

It is clear that without LeBron James this is a much different ball club. To be fair, he is arguably the best player in the world, and most teams are much worse without their best player.

That being said, the Cavs lack of motivation on the defensive end Wednesday night was concerning. The team had been playing unbelievable basketball over the last week or so, and they took a few steps back in Indiana. Giving up 123 points to a team fighting for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference is never something you want to do. But it’s easy to chalk it up as an anomaly as Cleveland was playing without LeBron and was playing on the second night of a back to back.

Kyrie Irving led the Wine & Gold with 26 points, followed by 23 for Kevin Love.

Paul George led Indiana with 29 points, while former Cavalier CJ Miles dropped 21.

The Cavaliers have a couple of days off before traveling to Chicago to play the Bulls at 8:30pm on national television.

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