“They’re not young anymore,” LeBron said of the Timberwolves. “[Andrew] Wiggins is the only young guy. Him and Tyler Jones.”
Minnesota’s de facto starting point guard made sure LeBron will remember it in the teams’ next meeting, leading the Timberwolves with eight assists en route to a 127-99 beatdown of King James and Co.
With the game still in reach in the middle of the second quarter, LeBron ferociously swatted the 21-year-old, who’s starting for the injured Jeff Teague.
LeBron James swats Tyus Jones to Canada, stares down his corpse pic.twitter.com/2OCAE5Jvor
— LaRob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) January 9, 2018
… but Jones got his revenge just minutes later, picking the pocket of the four-time MVP’s buddy Dwyane Wade and avoiding one of the King’s patented chase-down block on his way to a fast-break slam.
Lebron James, meet Tyus Jones 😳 pic.twitter.com/7bX1yzXOkC
— FL⚡️SH (@TheNBAFlash) January 9, 2018
In the 27 minutes LeBron was on the floor, the Cavaliers were outscored by a team-worst 39 points; in the other 21 minutes, the Cavs outscored Minnesota by 11. The -39 represents the lowest plus-minus of his career.
His 10 points stand as his fewest in over 10 years. The last time he dropped no more than 10 in the regular season game: a Halloween loss to the Dallas Mavericks in 2007. (He’s had two sub-10-point playoff games since then, but he posted a combined plus-minus of -5 in the pair of losses.)
Don’t bring those numbers up to LeBron, though.
Don’t ask LeBron about plus/minus. pic.twitter.com/L6EZSFRnak
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 9, 2018
“I don’t care about no damn plus-minus,” LeBron said after the loss. “I’ve won a game and had a bad plus-minus before so what does that matter. I don’t give a damn about no damn plus-minus.”
LeBron finished with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, with eight rebounds, five assists, three turnovers, and two blocks—not a bad worst day at the office in a decade.