Coming off a 34-point loss in Game 6 of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round series against the Indiana Pacers, LeBron James said his focus is on how a Game 7 loss Sunday could end his season, not how it could be his last game ever playing for the Cavs.
“No. No,” James said when a reporter asked if he would ponder how his 11-year tenure in Cleveland could be coming to an end should the Cavs lose and James choose another team after opting out of the final year of his contract this summer.nfl jerseys for cheap “The thought of, ‘If we don’t play well it will be my last game of the year,’ that will probably hit my mind, but I haven’t thought about that.”
Friday’s 121-87 loss to the Pacers snapped an 11-game winning streak for James’ teams in closeout games. And a loss Sunday would snap James’ perfect 12-0 record in the first round of the playoffs in his career.
Not that the Cavs’ struggles can be remotely pegged on the four-time MVP this series. In Game 6, James led the Cavs with 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal. When he checked out for good after the third quarter, no other Cavs player was in double digits.
Through six games, James is averaging 32.7 points on 53.6 percent shooting, 10.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists. Cleveland’s next leading scorer is Kevin Love at 11 points per game on 32.4 percent shooting. Love finished with seven points on 3-for-10 shooting Friday.
“I mean, he’s a huge part of our success or our non-success,” James said of Love. “Obviously, we try to go to him, we want to go to him. Obviously we can’t make the shots for him. He has to step up and knock those down. Those things you can’t control. The shot making, you’re going to have games where you can’t make shots and you can make shots, but we have to continue to let him know how important he is to our success and if want to have any success, either in a Game 7 or moving on to the next round, Kev has to be a big part of that.”
If McMillan’s tone with his team was fiery, James seems to be taking a wait-and-see approach with his teammates as many of them head into the biggest games of their professional lives thus far.
“You guys ask me is there anything you can tell your guys Game 1? What can you tell your guys for Game 2? What can you do, tell your guys for Game 3? It’s the same answer. Just throw the ball up and let’s go out and play,” James said. “I mean it’s the postseason. There’s not much I can give you from my experience.cheap nfl authentic jerseys There’s not much people can tell you. You just gotta go out and live in the moment. And if you put everything on the floor, and (put) your mind to it, and you go out and execute and do the things you’re supposed to be doing, and your teammates feel like they can rely on you then win lose or draw you have nothing to keep your head down about.”