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Luol Deng is promoting accountability in the Cavs’ locker room

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Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

In essence, it’s time for the Cavaliers to get angry. They are too nice to each other, too accepting of defeat. The Cavaliers are a very talented group, but they will never win unless they confront their issues head-on and demand more as a team.

“We did a lot of good things (Sunday), but we did a lot of disappointing things — things that reminds us that we’re not that good,” Luol Deng told The Plain Dealer. “And we’ve got to be honest with ourselves. We’ve got to realize what we’re playing for. There’s got to be more sense of urgency. We can’t keep waiting. This is not a waiting league, it’s not a waiting game. You’ve got to do your job. When I say that, I’m talking about everybody. I’ve got to do a better job of leading when things like that happen. That’s why I’m here. And I’ve got to get better than that.”

Deng pointed specifically to how the Suns knocked in five consecutive 3-pointers at the start of the third quarter as an instance where he and his teammates didn’t react in a way that might have stopped Phoenix’s run.

“At some point, you’ve got to compete,” he said. “You’ve got to get upset and demand more of your guys.” Sun News

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