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LeBron James says the Cavs aren't ready for the playoffs

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LeBron spoke bluntly after the Cavs lost the Grizzlies last night.

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After the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies last night in a rather disappointing performance, LeBron James was blunt about where the Cavs stand.

"I can sit up here and say that we're a team that's ready to start the playoffs tomorrow, but we're not," LeBron said per ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "We're still learning. We still have things that happen on the court that just, that shouldn't happen."

The Cavs last night trailed by as many as 14 and only had a to chance late before Kyrie Irving missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. They also committed 25 turnovers, leading to 30 Grizzlies points. Memphis also happened to be missing their three best players - Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph - due to various injuries and dressed just eight players.

LeBron also mentioned the turnovers as a big issue and, overall, his comments add another layer to what is a peculiar situation in Cleveland. These Cavs haven't looked consistently sharp for much of the season and last night is perhaps the most glaring example. A team as good as the Cavs probably shouldn't lose at home to a short-handed Grizzlies team. It may not matter in terms of playoff seeding in the long run, but no matter how you spin it, it's not a good look.