LeBron James has explained his explicit rant about Cavs in four tweets

And 20 minutes after the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was in sweats still going over his team's defensive breakdown in the final seconds.

After their miraculous comeback in the 2016 National Basketball Association finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won three championships in a row, and league commissioner Adam Silver is getting exhausted of seeing LeBron James and company win.

"We need a f--ing playmaker", James said. They lost four straight in November his first season back, and James was quoting Martin Luther King on Twitter while David Blatt acknowledged the team was fumbling around in the dark. On Monday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich benched Leonard for rest, while Cavs coach Ty Lue played James 44 minutes in New Orleans.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost five of their last seven games. And James, with the team in a midseason funk, is poking his finger in the franchise's ribs. He said the Cavs are not better than they were previous year.

This is a familiar refrain from James, one he's made repeatedly since the start of the season.

In other words, James himself is far from satisfied.

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The Cavs are in this situation because they let Matthew Dellavedova go to the Milwaukee Bucks in free agency and because just before the start of training camp Mo Williams made a decision to have knee surgery. I just know me, personally, I don't got no time to waste. I didn't say that.

If it's a playmaker LeBron wants, that's what we'll get him.

And that, in the end, is the problem for Cleveland.

LeBron James tied up Leonard for a jump ball with 13 seconds left and Cleveland behind by 3 points. Once J.R. Smith comes back and Kyle Korver gets more comfortable, every ingredient necessary to win it will be there. And, above all else, they're not supposed to botch plays they've long memorized, and coming out of a timeout to boot.

But would you still root for the Cavaliers if they didn't have a lengthy history? The Cavs have two players who average more than two assists per game: James and Kyrie Irving. "From a personnel standpoint", James said, according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. Any major injury to the Cavs' Big Three, or to prominent role players like Tristan Thompson or Iman Shumpert, could set them back in a big way.

Two, though it's nearly sacrilegious to point this out in Northeast Ohio these days, James, as magnificent as he's been for most of the season (and for 13 other seasons), has had more than a little to do with Cleveland's recent struggles. You're able to lock in.

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"It's like when you don't have bodies, it's tough". We've just got to be better as a team. We have a top-heavy team. I'm not. Yeah, we won [the championship], but (expletive), you know what, let's see if we can do something. However, the Cloud9 roster I first grew to love disbanded for the most part. Even though James sat out the December 26 game at Detroit, he traveled with the team and sat near the bench, in street clothes. Kyrie Irving is also playing too many minutes.

But its James who fills the seats, raises the banners and draws the ratings. They've got bodies. For the most part, all championship-contending teams (have) guys that are ready to step in. Knock on wood, what if Ky goes down for two weeks? "I kind of let them go".

If the Pelicans can put it together and finish this home stand strong, the confidence gained could very well lead them into the eighth playoff spot. You can submit your questions and comments early and also as many as you like.

But James is already looking ahead to that impending showdown with the Warriors, and he doesn't like what he sees.

"I appreciate the fact that he's really trying to keep us moving in the right direction", Griffin said two weeks ago after James last went public with a request to add a point guard to the roster.

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