Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, backs down Boston Celtics’ Jae Crowder (99)
[restrict] during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James will remember the tie you wore yesterday, the route to a friends’ house that he hasn’t been to in ten years and the cheat codes to every video game he’s ever played. And you better believe he will remember the times that a reporter asks him questions.
James had a rusty night on Sunday, scoring just 11 points and going 0-for-4 from 3-point range in the Cavaliers’ loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. It was his worst point total since a seven-point performance in Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers. He did not score a single basket in the final 16:31 of the game. Sunday’s loss also snapped Cleveland’s 13-game winning streak, and perfect 10-0 record in this year’s playoffs.
But James knows all of that. He doesn’t need reporters to point out where he fell short. And so when Cleveland radio host Kenny Roda asked James whether it was the Celtics’ defense that had hindered his scoring ability or if he just wasn’t feeling his shot tonight (a fair question), James gave him a pretty straight answer. [/restrict]