3 takeaways from the Cleveland Cavaliers game

3 takeaways from the Cleveland Cavaliers game

The Cavaliers suffered a 127-113 defeat to LA Lakers, but James certainly provided a bit of magic.

The Cavs have been overtaken by the Indiana Pacers for third place and now sit 7.5 games behind the second-place Boston Celtics, who have seen injury issues of their own with Kyrie Irving's nagging knee soreness.

Just take a look at the ridiculous no-look pass he threw to Ante Zizic in the second quarter.

Larry Nance Jr. - playing against his former team for the first time since he and Jordan Clarkson were traded to Cleveland for Thomas, Channing Frye and a protected first-round pick - had 16 points.

That's a decision that will nearly certainly be made with less fanfare than when James opted to leave Cleveland and sign with the Miami Heat in 2010.

The Lakers finished the game shooting 50 percent from the floor with a plus-14 advantage in rebounds and plus-12 in points in the paint.

The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has only been on the court for only nine games, with the Spurs being without their best player and franchise cornerstone for almost the entire season.

"What's your biggest area of concern right now?" a reporter asked James following Sunday's game. Thomas had six points and two assists during the Lakers' game-changing run.

"I don't need to show anybody anything", Thomas said.

"I'll never accept a loss", James said. "They know what I can do. The world knows what I can do".

Randle added 14 rebounds and seven assists, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Isaiah Thomas contributed 20 points each in the win. The Lakers' entire season has been created to prove their young core would fit splendidly around James, Paul George or DeMarcus Cousins - or failing that, the top free agents in the class of 2019.

He was re-evalauted by the Lakers medical staff on Sunday, and while the team said he is "progressing well with his treatment", he will be held out Tuesday against Denver and Wednesday in Golden State before meeting with doctors again on Thursday. Randle has been on a tear since being inserted into the starting lineup at the beginning of the season, but this was the best performance of his career. He smiled and added: "Uninvited, but they stopped in". It will be fun.

But there is still optimism that there is a good stretch of basketball coming around the corner for the Cavs when they do get healthy.