The Los Angeles Lakers were hoping to take down the exciting, prospering Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.
LeBron James was obviously going to be a major part of his team’s night, as he is every night.
Playing against the Cavs is always something special for James, who started his career in Cleveland, returned years later, won them their first championship, and is still held as a hero to the city.
Of course, the Lakers aren’t the team they once were and the Cavs aren’t either.
This is only the second time LeBron James has lost to the Cavs in his career. The last time was March 29th, 2011.
That was 4,240 days ago 😳 pic.twitter.com/qQkNcLYjA9
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In the end, the Lakers were taken down by the Cavs in a tough 114-100 loss that further cemented just how dysfunctional this Lakers squad is.
Sunday night’s loss was only the second time that James has been beaten by the Cavaliers in his career.
The last time he was defeated by Cleveland was on March 29, 2011 – which was 4,240 days ago.
Times have changed for the Lakers, James, and the Cavaliers.
A New Era
What has changed since James’ first defeat to Cleveland back in 2011?
Quite a lot.
For starters, James is now playing for a very troubled team that is struggling to even make the play-in tournament.
As great as he usually is, James is also showing the wear and tear of time.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are one of the best teams in the league, because of the young and spry players on board and the recent addition of Donovan Mitchell in the summer.
Simply put, the Cavs are surging while James’ Lakers are floundering.
The Cavaliers haven’t been this good since James was suited up in their colors.
This likely will not be the last time that James is beaten by the team that drafted him.