LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to have hit an early-season wall, losing five of their last 10 in advance of tonight’s emotional matchup with the Miami Heat.

It’s the second night of a back-to-back on the road after a demoralizing overtime loss to Anthony Davis and the Pelicans featured LeBron logging a team-high 45 minutes. (Even without factoring in the five-minute overtime, 40 minutes in a regular-season tilt on the front end of a back-to-back seems a bit foolish for the top player on a team with championship-or-bust expectations.)

There was a peculiar passage and quote by James in ESPN Cavs writer Dave McMenamin’s column after the game, centering around LeBron “needing more help” being down two key pieces in Iman Shumpert and Kyrie Irving. The “basketball gods” he’s referring to are LeBron and Davis — a fair assessment.

And it’s why after the battle between the basketball gods was over, James evoked the son of God to make his point about why his team can’t simply wait for Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert to come back to make everything better.

“I hope we don’t think that way,” James said. “It’s never that way. When you get your guys back, you prepare just as you prepare before. It’s only one guy in the world, ever, where everything will be all right when he comes back, and that’s Jesus Christ. Other than that, you can’t bank on nobody … .”

So they can’t wait for a boost from Shump and Kyrie, with the latter potentially heading down a Derrick Rosey path, because only Jesus makes everything all right upon his return? What an odd reaction.

Unfortunately for LeBron, he’ll see Jesus on the opposite bench tonight in Miami.