Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavs suffered their worst loss of the season, 133-99 to the Toronto Raptors Thursday at Air Canada Centre. It came one game after they suffered their second-worst loss of the season, 127-99 at Minnesota Monday.

1. The Cavs have lost six of their last eight. They have given up 387 points, an average of 129 per game, in their past three games. The 133 was the most allowed in a regulation game in LeBron James' career, according to ESPN Stats and Information. They are 1-7 on the road since a Dec. 19 loss at Milwaukee. They stand third in the Eastern Conference, 61/2 games behind the Boston Celtics. They still have to go to Indiana for the conclusion of this five-city road trip Friday and they are 0-2 against the Pacers this season. They host the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday with the possibility of another ugly loss looming if they can’t straighten out some of their problems quickly.

2. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue dropped what for him was a bombshell at the end of his post-game press conference when asked if he was concerned about the Cavs’ skid. They are 26-15 at the season’s midpoint.

3. “I never really get concerned,” Lue said. “We’ve got to be better. We know that. But until we play better defensively, I think offensively sharing the basketball, everyone on the same page, and if guys have agendas, we’ve got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way.”

4. Asked what he meant by that, Lue said, “Just what I said.” Pressed on whether he thinks his players do, Lue said, “I don’t know.”

5. James said he hopes personal agendas have not torn down the Cavs, who recorded a franchise record-tying 13-game winning streak in November and early December.

6. “At this point, three and a half, four years in this thing and we … I hope not. I don’t know. I don’t have one. I just want to win,” James said. “I just like playing ball the right way, getting guys involved and winning the game.”

7. Dwyane Wade didn’t know exactly what Lue meant. But he offered insight on what he’s seen from other teams he’s played on when the losing starts.

8. “Sometimes you get in a slump, guys start worrying about me, me, me,” Wade said. “You have to play for each other on both ends of the floor. If you’re into yourself on the offensive end, if you’re struggling, then you’re not doing what you need to do defensively and vice versa.

9. “My message is we’ve got to all play for each other a little more. And we have to get out of our individual whatever we’re going through. It’s a lot of different stuff going on, especially when you’re missing shots, especially when the other team is scoring, you start getting into yourself. And that’s not going to do anything but make it worse. I don’t know what he’s saying, but that’s my opinion.”

10. Isaiah Thomas’ analysis of the Cavs’ issues was somewhat similar to Lue’s main point.

11. “The biggest thing that I see we’re not doing, we’re not playing for each other right now, offensively and defensively,” Thomas said. “Defensively everybody’s on an island playing defense by themselves. Offensively it’s a lot of one-on-one, no ball movement. It’s things we can fix, that’s the good thing about it, we just have to do it and we have to do it now. You can lose games, but you can’t get blown out. With how good we really are, we can’t allow these types of games to happen.”

12. Kevin Love expects Lue to explain what he meant, especially after the Cavs were forced to answer so many questions about his comment.

13. “We’ve got a lot of vets on this team, if there are agendas, I don’t see it,” Love said. “But I’m sure whoever he’s speaking of or speaking to with that, he’ll address it, as we usually do.”

14. When the Raptors took a 25-point lead in the second quarter, James took control of the huddle and was gesturing emphatically at assistant coach Phil Handy. Video was captured by TNT and posted on Twitter.

15. Lue said he didn’t see the exchange between James and Handy.

16. “I wasn’t there. I was in the coach’s circle so I didn’t see it,” Lue said. “I don’t know what happened. But I’ll find out. I’m pretty sure you will, too.”

17. Asked to explain, James said, “Just us trying to figure it out. It’s not for everybody. We came in here and talked about it and that’s what happens at times. Family’s not always about a bed of roses.”
18. James said his message to his teammates in the huddle was accountability.

19. “We’ve all got to be accountable for actions, accountable for how we play, how hard we play, what we’re doing for one another,” James said. “Plays that you should come up with, you should make, and when you’re losing, you tend to not want to make those plays or tend to let some plays get away from you. And we can’t afford that right now, the way we’re playing ball. So, just trying to hold everybody accountable and move on, which we did.”

20. Lue’s “agendas” comment wasn’t the only eye-opener after the game. James referred to the team as “fragile.”

21. “Uh, we in a funk. Once again we’re back to the beginning of the season,” he said, referring to their 5-7 start. “Just gotta find a way to get out of it. It’s going to start with us and just everybody getting back to what we were doing when we were playing good ball, but, we’re so fragile. I don’t know where it kind of went wrong or what happened to switch back, but we’ve got try to pick it back up and find it.”

22. What concerns James most is that he hasn’t played in the fourth quarter of the last two games, lifted during the blowouts.

23. “And we’re getting our a-- tore up. Excuse my language,” he said.

24. It was an a—kicking from Wade’s perspective, too. But he believes the some of the problems began when Tristan Thompson and Isaiah Thomas returned from injuries, throwing off the Cavs’ rhythm.
Presumably this month they’ll also get Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert back.

25. “The guys we incorporate are the guys we need and we want. And they’re great players and they’ll do great things,” Wade said. “But it throws off your rhythm. That’s no excuse for giving up 120 points and all these things, but we had a little rhythm going, we were rolling and it kind of throws it off.

26. “It feels like the beginning of the season all over again and we’re trying to figure it out with lineups and all these things. You’ve got to do it on the fly, you know? This is definitely, probably going to be the toughest stretch of the year for us in the regular season. We’ve been on the road so long and trying to incorporate guys, we don’t have a lot of time together. But it’s no excuse. We’re still getting our a-- whooped either way you cut it. We’ve got to figure out a way to get angry about that and try to go out there and correct it.”

27. Love also sensed the urgency to get things fixed.

28. “Plain and simple we have a lot of work to do,” Love said. When it was suggested the Cavs’ situation doesn’t look good from the outside, he said, “From the inside it doesn’t look good, either.”

29. “I thought we had a great practice the other day. There’s just a lot of stuff we have to clean up,” Love said. “I think first and foremost, we have to go out there and play extremely hard and inspired.”

30. Even though the Cavs have been known to suffer through tough stretches since James returned in the summer of 2014, Love said, “You never like to go through it.”

31. “There’s a lot of growing pains and we’re feeling that now,” Love said. “We have enough talent here to get over that hump and make a lot of good things happen. But right now it’s tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it is there. This being my fourth year here, we will get out of it and we will get better.”

32. Making matters worse is that Thomas struggled for the second consecutive game. He went 2 of 15 from the field, 0 of 6 from 3-point range, for four points after hitting 3 of 11 and 1 of 5 in totaling nine at Minnesota. Returning from a torn labrum in his right hip, he called his 17-point performance at home in a victory over Portland and a 19-point effort in a victory at Orlando “a little fool’s gold for me.”

33. “I just have no legs,” Thomas said. “This is my preseason. I can’t do nothin’ about that. Obviously all of my shots that I miss are short. I don’t have the rhythm that I’m used to having and that feel of playing at a high level each and every night.

34. “I’m not in panic mode. I know things will change and like I always say slow grind. I really have to believe in that and trust in that and know that in due time, those things will come back.”

35. Lue believes that will happen for Thomas.

36. “The timing, sometimes I think he had shots, but the timing of his play kind of messed with him,” Lue said. “But he has to be aggressive. Be who he is, take his shots and take his shots in rhythm. He’ll be fine. He just has to work out some kinks.”

37. Lue may have thought he’d worked out some of the Cavs’ kinks in a Wednesday film session in which playing with more effort was stressed. But it didn’t manifest itself against the Raptors, at least not for long. The Raptors set a franchise record for most points in a regular season game.

38. “I thought we tried to play harder,” Lue said. “I thought they was faster getting by us. I thought offensively they were physical into our bodies. No freedom of movement. That’s all I can say.”