INDEPENDENCE: Center Tristan Thompson tried to downplay finger-pointing that presumably went on during an emotional meeting Monday at the team’s practice facility.

“Finger pointing? Just because y’all are reporting everything doesn’t mean that’s facts, unless someone was in there snitching,” Thompson said Thursday. “But I wouldn’t say it’s finger pointing. I think we all have to be better. Everyone has to look in the mirror and be 1 percent better for the team. That will help us out a lot.”

But Thompson did acknowledge that if there are personal issues between Cavs teammates, they shouldn’t affect the effort during games. The Cavs are reeling, having lost 10 of their last 13 going into Friday night’s home game against the Indiana Pacers.

When asked if the Cavs can work through fractured relationships, Thompson said, “I mean, you go to work every day and you might not like ... the guy you work with. So, it’s part of life. But at the end of the day when we’re between these lines, we got to play for one another and that’s all that matters.

“I don’t care if X don’t like X off the court. I really don’t give a s***. As long as you’re on the court playing hard and playing for each other, that’s all that matters to me. We don’t got to talk to each other off the court. As long as we talk on the court, on the defensive end, that’s all that matters to me.”

The Cavs have serious communications issues, which has prompted them to slip to 29th in the league in defensive efficiency. Their 109.6 points allowed per game stands 26th going into Thursday’s action.

But camaraderie also seems to be lacking from past seasons, when the Cavs did things as a group. Team dinners seemed to play a part in them reaching three consecutive NBA Finals and capturing one championship.

“That was only during the playoffs. During the sweeps,” Thompson said. “We still go to dinner. But it was never 15 during the regular season. It was only during the playoffs, when RJ [Richard Jefferson] broke a TV, add in that. But the dinner crew is still on.”

After practice Thursday, LeBron James didn’t directly answer the question of whether the Cavs like each other.

“We’ll be fine. We’ll be fine,” he said. “We’ve got to work our habits, though. It’s not going to be as easy as we’d all like it to be. But at the end of the day, nothing has ever come easy to me, so I actually like what we are. I don’t like losing, I don’t like the way we’ve been losing. But I think it’s going to help us out in the long run.”

The Cavs are 3-7 in January; they went 7-8 in the same month last season and 7-10 in March. While it would appear that the Cavs are not having fun on the court, James said that’s not the case with him.

“No matter what’s going on, you can never let someone take your joy away from you,” James said. “As a group, obviously, when you’re struggling, it’s less fun than other [times], but the joy is still there. That’s just the joy of playing basketball, the game that you love. Nobody’s taking the fun away from me, personally. I know that.

“Is losing fun? It’s not fun and it shouldn’t be fun, but I think the job at hand should still be joyous. I mean, that’s what we do.”

Kyrie threatened to sit

Kyrie Irving threatened to sit out the season and undergo knee surgery, which forced the Cavs to accommodate his trade demand last summer, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reported.

According to the report, Irving needs a minor follow-up to the procedure he underwent after fracturing his kneecap in the 2015 Finals.

He told the Cavs he would hold out of training camp, as ESPN previously reported, then would have the surgery during the season.

The Cavs considered the relationship irreparable even though Irving was under contract for two more seasons and traded him to the Boston Celtics on Aug. 22 for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round pick in 2018.

Marla Ridenour can be reached at mridenour@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Cavs blog at www.ohio.com/cavs. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MRidenourABJ.