Report: Cavaliers held players-only meeting following Blatt firing

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Winners of four straight, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been red-hot following the firing of head coach David Blatt, and it could be in part due to a players-only meeting the team reportedly held following Blatt's dismissal.

The gathering took place after general manager David Griffin addressed the squad to inform them of the decision to fire Blatt, and was initiated by star players LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving, according to ESPN.

"It was like ripping off a scab," one source told ESPN. "And it was exactly what needed to happen, I think it was what (Griffin) was hoping for."

If true, it would mark the second players-only meeting the Cavaliers have held in 2015-16, reportedly arranging the first back in November.

Encapsulated in trade rumors as recently as last week, Love is one of the Cavaliers seeing improved results under new coach Tyronn Lue. Over the past three contests, the UCLA product is averaging 23.7 points and 9.3 rebounds, and shooting 51 percent from the floor.