Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James questioned his team’s readiness for the playoffs after a 106–103 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, according to ESPN.com.
Despite the Grizzlies being without Mike Conely and Marc Gasol because of injuries and Zach Randolph getting a rest night, the Cavaliers could not find away to win at home.
“I can sit up here and say that we’re a team that’s ready to start the playoffs tomorrow, but we’re not,” James said after the game. “We’re still learning. We still have things that happen on the court that just, that shouldn’t happen.”
Cleveland finished the game shooting 45% and out-rebounded Memphis 60 to 38, but turned over the ball a season-high 25 times.
“To have 25 turnovers for 30 points—I don’t care who you’re playing, it could be my son’s little league team—you’re going to lose when you give up that many turnovers just from carelessness,” James said.
The Cavaliers (44–18) still sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, 2.5 games ahead of the Toronto Raptors.