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LeBron James on playoff outlook: ‘We could easily get bounced early’

LeBron James has bigger concerns than the playoffs.

After falling short of his 30,000 point milestone in Saturday’s ugly 148-124 loss to the Thunder, the Cavaliers star said his team wouldn’t last long if the postseason were to begin now.

“Playoffs? We can’t even start thinking about that, not the way we’re playing right now,” James said after the game, via ESPN. “We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend. Haven’t even began thinking about the postseason.”

The majority of Bridges’ college attempts are spot-up chances, frequently from one of the two corners. However, he’s shown an increased propensity to shoot off movement this season, which could make him a more creative offensive threat in the NBA. After finishing just 16 possessions off screens in his first two seasons, he’s finished 12 that way already as a junior and ranks fourth nationally among players with at least 10 attempts at 1.917 points per possession, per Synergy.

Even if all Bridges accomplishes at the next level is good defense and efficient 3-point shooting, he’ll be a valuable piece. Consider, just seven NBA players this season standing between 6-6 and 6-8 are taking more than 5.0 3-point attempts per 36 minutes, making them at a 36.0 percent clip and posting a positive Defensive Box Plus/Minus. Five of them have a positive real-plus minus, according to ESPN, suggesting they contribute to winning basketball. All of them have a positive VORP.

Durant and Golden State have more room to talk as three-time reigning Western Conference champions. As for Capela, Durant believes his “easy” role within the Rockets’ offense prompted him to make such comments.

“You hear from guys like Capela. Usually, he’s catching the ball and laying it up from [Chris Paul] or James Harden,” Durant said. “His job is not as hard. When your job is that hard, you know you can’t just come out and say s— like that.

“I don’t expect that from [Chris Paul] and James [Harden] and [Trevor] Ariza and the rest of the guys] because they know how hard it is to come out and do it every night. Capela, catch and dunk every night, it’s pretty easy.”

LeBron James dismisses Melo-to-Cavs rumors: ‘We can’t play fantasy basketball’

A frustrated LeBron James was beside himself again Wednesday after the Cavaliers lost to a sub-.400 team for the second time in three days.

Earlier in the day, ESPN.com reported another slumping team, the Knicks, had engaged Cleveland general manager David Griffin in talks to trade Carmelo Anthony for Kevin Love, a one-superstar-for-another offer that in theory could correct the downward trajectory of both teams. Though he’s close with Anthony, James isn’t sure such deal is the solution.

Not only did James decide to join the Twitterverse and completely ignore the Kyrie craziness, but he also doesn’t plan to intervene in trade discussions. Windhorst reported James will leave that job to the Cavs front office and owner Dan Gilbert: “James has expressed to the team that he is focused on his offseason workout regimen and is planning to report to training camp with the intention of leading his teammates to a fourth consecutive Finals — no matter who those teammates are.”

What does the other member of Cleveland’s “Big Three” think about all of this drama? It turns out Kevin Love might be even less concerned than James.

Did you notice how Love used the word “peculiar” in that tweet? Probably not a coincidence considering Irving said the Cavs were in a “peculiar place” this offseason. If nothing else, these Cavs provide plenty of entertainment.

As for Irving, he’s overseas touring around Asia for Nike Basketball. Yeah, don’t think he’s going to address this stuff any time soon.