The Cleveland Cavaliers were blown out by the San Antonio Spurs 103-74 and dropped to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Celtics.
"It's a delicate time right now for our team," LeBron James said after Monday's loss. "A lot of people talking ... guys in the locker room. I'm not saying it's for the bad. We've got a couple guys that's shown leadership, some guys that's been in the fray before that's giving their opinions.
"I've learned over the season there's a time and place for it. Certain situations. I kind of wait for the right time ... So my time will come."
James was seen huddling in an intense, personal conversation with an obviously-emotional Kyrie Irving as reporters left the locker room.
Irving went back onto the court to do shooting drills after the loss.