Judging by the bags under coach Tyronn Lue's eyes, not everyone is taking the Cleveland Cavaliers' early-season slide lightly.

"Look at me," Lue said before the morning shootaround prior to Friday night's game against the Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). "I ain't slept in days."

Having lost four in a row and five of their past six games, Lue and his coaching staff have tried to turn things around schematically. Cavs superstar LeBron James, meanwhile, is not letting the losing streak affect him spiritually.

"We're definitely struggling right now, which is OK," James said Friday. "I felt that we would struggle at some point throughout the season. I think it's surprising to all of us that it's happening right now, but hey, it is what it is and it's exciting to see how we can turn this thing around."

Despite record payrolls during the past several seasons and three straight trips to the NBA Finals, seeing the Cavs trip over themselves in the regular season is nothing new. They were just 4-7 in their last 11 regular-season games before last postseason, in which they reeled off 10 straight wins.

It's just the timing of the current slump and its severity -- Cleveland lost its past three games by a combined 58 points -- that is alarming. However, Lue would rather get the bad basketball out of the way now and build until April, rather than be as uneven as his teams have been in the past, he said.