Cleveland Fall Apart in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Lebron Talks About Their Troubles


Cleveland Fall Apart in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Lebron Talks About Their Troubles

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Lebron James sat down for a brief post game interview following the Cavaliers 113-91 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Here are a couple excerpts:

If there was one thing that stands out to you about [The Warriors], whether it was speed or whatever, what was it for tonight?“-Joe Vardon, Cleveland.com
Lebron: “KD … I mean, you take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled last year, you know, that we had seen in the regular season and post season, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that, and a great basketball IQ like that… That’s what stands out. There’s no ifs, ands or buts, it is what it is. We have to figure out how to combat that.”
They Cavs didn’t seem to have an answer for KD, who dunked on them six times during the game. As FiveThirtyEight.com pointed out: “Durant had more dunks than his team had turnovers”; when you combine with Curry’s shooting range, it makes the team very difficult to guard. Not to mention, while Tristan Thompson’s been a solid rim-protector for Cleveland during the regular season, his height (6’9″) puts him at a disadvantage against a player like Kevin Durant (who, although listed at 6’9″, is actually closer to 7 feet tall with shoes on).
Outside of you, Kyrie and Kevin, what do you need from the complementary players in this series?” –Jason Lloyd, The Athletic:
 
Lebron: “Just to be themselves and do what they’ve done throughout the season, throughout the course of the last couple years. Play with energy, play with effort, play with their mind and their bodies and understand what we’re trying to accomplish… This is the finals. We don’t care about making mistakes, just play as hard as you can… If your mind is fresh and your mind is into it, then a lot of things take care of themselves.”
Lebron ended the game with 15 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks and 28 points on 45% shooting. Unfortunately, Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, Richard Jefferson and Dahntay Jones were the only players on their team who were able to shoot above 34%
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So far, it’s been a difficult week for James, whose home in Los Angeles was vandalized and had a racial slut was written across the front gate. Police are now investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. The Cavs’ star addressed the situation during a press conference on Wednesday:
Lebron: “No matter how much money you have, how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough. We got a long way to go for us as a society, and for us as African Americans, until we feel equal in America. But my family is safe and that’s what’s important. “
[Box score via NBA.com; Lebron Photo vis Flickr user Keith Allison]