Cleveland Cavaliers rookie coach David Blatt pronounces himself “concerned about everything right now” in the wake of the team’s 5-6 record and three game losing streak.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love managed just  78 points in their Friday night loss to the Washington Wizards, a season-low on just 36 percent shooting. “Every single thing,” Blatt further lamented about what went wrong. We’re just playing in the dark right now.”

For greater perspective on the Cavs’ sudden struggles, consider they averaged 119 points during a recent four-game losing streak, with wins over Denver, New Orleans, Boston and Atlanta, only to stumble to under 80 in D.C.

“That’s something that I cannot explain right now,” James said of the team’s sudden lack of energy. “That’s something that we have to have.” Added Irving “I’m not too sure. We don’t have a definitive answer for that now. But we have to figure things out pretty quickly.”

The Cavs play five games in the next ten days, including hosting the Eastern Conference leading Raptors (10-2) on Saturday, so the change better come about quickly.

“We really need to sit down and look at it and think about it before I come out here and make grandiose statements, to be honest with you,” said Blatt. “I hate to use that, but career-wise my teams have been slow starters,” added the Maccabi Tel-Aviv coach, whose last team their started the season at 4-3 before winning the title. “That has been the case over the course of my career, but I don’t know if that necessarily translates or doesn’t to this situation.”

James has already branded teaching this year’s young cast of teammates how to become winners “more challenging than me trying to win my first championship.”

Said James: “I’ve taken on the burden of leading young guys, getting them to understand what it takes to win. And it takes more than just basketball. It’s about being a professional, not having a sense of entitlement, being grateful that you’re a part of the league. Those things have a lot to do with winning.”

[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]