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LeBron: ‘It’s been a while since I had a guy who can score and create for others’

/ 11:46 AM November 15, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slaps hands with forward Jae Crowder (99) and guard JR Smith (5) after he was fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Washington. The Cavaliers won 130-122.  AP/Nick Wass

Although LeBron James will not admit it outright, it certainly seems like he misses playing alongside Kyrie Irving.

With several key players out nursing injuries, the Cleveland Cavaliers have struggled right out of the gate, currently sitting at 9th place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-7 record.

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At 32, James is once again left to shoulder the load for his hometown squad, particularly the massive void in terms of play making.

“It’s been a while since I’ve had that clear-cut guy who can get guys involved but also score at the same time,” the three-time NBA champion told Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. “But it’s fine. It’s something that our team will make an adjustment to.”

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After seven straight NBA Finals appearances, James continues to dominate with his beastly numbers this season, with averages of 28.1 points and 7.6 rebounds.

The absence of another dependable facilitator also has him averaging career highs in assists, at 8.8 per game.

Newly acquired guards Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade could have filled the gaps, but it seems like age and injuries have caught up with them.

The team is also missing the services of proven scorer and playmaker Isaiah Thomas, who continues to be out with a hip injury. The diminutive point guard is expected to return to action in the coming months.

Despite the early struggles, James assures the Cavs’ return to form as the season progresses.

“I’m in win mode still,” he said.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra

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