Boston Celtics

The infamous Unnamed Cavaliers player is talking to The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd again.

“We’d be up 3-0 if Kyrie [Irving] was still here,” the player told Lloyd after Cleveland’s heartbreaking Game 3 loss, leaving them in an 0-3 hole against the unstoppable Warriors. “I have no doubt. Do you?”

The unnamed player is likely on to something here.

The Cavaliers likely would have won Game 1 at Oracle Arena had JR Smith had any idea of the score of the game. Or if anybody in Cleveland colors realized they still had a timeout at their disposal during Smith’s inexplicably dumb run home. They also likely would have captured a Game 3 win had they received any sort of notable performance from their point guard. Especially considering Steph Curry’s horrendous night from deep, with just one connection on 10 attempts from deep.

But they did not, and instead find themselves on death’s door. Both for this season and for the long haul, as the 33-year-old LeBron James looks completely ready to leave Cleveland behind for the second time in his illustrious NBA career.

And this is not the first time that an unnamed Cavalier has given Lloyd an unfiltered thought to Lloyd on the disastrous Irving trade. A player told Lloyd earlier this season that Celtics president Danny Ainge was a ‘[expletive] thief’ for swiping the 26-year-old out of Cleveland for what turned out to be a bucket of spare parts and damaged goods.

The only problem with that player’s thinking here? Irving, sick of playing in LeBron’s shadow, had threatened to sit out the entire season if the Cavaliers did not trade him. And even so, Irving, who emerged as a legitimate leader and more complete player in his first season with the Celtics, still required season-ending knee surgery before the start of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.