Cavs' 11-game losing streak in Miami 'concerning,' LeBron says

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It's been so long since the Cavs won in Miami that it's worrying LeBron James.

Miami made it 11 straight Saturday — the Cavs last won there in January 2010 — and afterward he put the 122-101 loss in the context of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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"The way they've beat us here is a little concerning if we face them," James told reporters (via ESPN.com). "I think we'll be ready for it more. We didn't play with potential. We didn't play our game. We let them play their game, and they took it to us."

The two teams are on the same side of the playoff bracket and facing a potential second-round matchup. In the bigger picture, the Cavs' loss leaves them only 1 1/2 games ahead of the Raptors for the top spot in the conference.

"You would like to play well from February into March," James said. "Consistency is a part of life."

Playing well and with consistency is exactly what the Cavs have not done recently, going 9-6 in their past 15 games.

And considering the way Cleveland lost Saturday — the Heat never trailed and the Cavs' defense was lackluster at best — you can't attribute the blowout to a revenge factor, though that's exactly what Cavs coach Tyronn Lue did.

"Wi

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th LeBron James coming back here, they get up for the game," Lue said. "We need to start getting up for these games."

Since James returned to Cleveland from Miami last season, the Heat are 4-0 in the series, with the wins coming by a combined 60 points.

Whether it's fatigue late in a long regular season or a well-chronicled lack of cohesion, the Cavs look out of sorts. If they face the Heat in the playoffs, James says he's up to the task. That may be true, but are the Cavs as a team?