In their place has emerged a far more egalitarian system, created to make Toronto far less predictable when it enters the crucible of the NBA's post-season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers lost for the seventh time in 10 games on Thursday, suffering a humiliating 133-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Things can - and likely will - change by the end of the season.almost one month ago, the Cavs were capping their best stretch of basketball, winning their 18th game in 19 tries.
The Cavs have not beaten the Pacers in two meetings this season.
This "agendas" remark puzzled team vets James and Kevin Love, both of whom were instrumental to the franchise's first-ever championship in 2016.
Ibaka served a one-game suspension for throwing a punch at Miami's James Johnson in Tuesday's home loss to the Heat.
The Cavaliers started the game up 34-12 after the first quarter, but allowed the Pacers to shoot 49 per cent from the field the rest of the way. The Pacers rank 25th in the National Basketball Association with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.178, while Cleveland ranks first in FTA rate allowed (0.160).
Outside of James - 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting - Cleveland's offense was anemic. The team was without Thomas to start the season and he just came back last week. They are 1-6 in those seven. "They good." It's true, the Raptors finally got a game on national USA television and they put on quite a performance.More news: Canada warns Salvadorans in USA they might not qualify for asylum
The Raptors will reach the midway point of their schedule Saturday with their 41st game, and their 29 wins are the most they have had half way through a season in franchise history.
So the Cavs could be an angry team seeking revenge or a exhausted team reeling after losing for the seventh time in 10 games.
Scroll down to check out some of the reactions to the Cavs recent struggles. They were outscored 28-12 in the fourth.
Lance Stephenson finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers who improved to 22-20 on the season in front of a crowd of 17,900 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena. That Brooklyn pick, though, they own from the Kyrie Irving trade with Boston, they have not used that at all in conversations for DeAndre Jordan.
Hood was forced to leave Wednesday's game against Washington after receiving a second technical foul.
Simmons had 15 points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks as the 76ers let a 22-point first half lead slip.
"If guys have agendas", Lue said, "we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way". The Milwaukee Bucks have yet to win back-to-back games in 2018 and are six-point underdogs to the Warriors.