LeBron: Cavs ‘will be prepared’ for playoffs

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LeBron James rested and watched his Cavaliers blow a 20-point lead in their previous game against the Rockets. But clearly, he’s not overly concerned.

“At the end of the day, when our regular season ends, we’ve had more good than bad,” James told reporters at Thursday’s shootaround. “We’ve played some really good basketball and we sit at the top of the conference, a conference that’s really good.”

The Cavaliers (52-22) enter Thursday’s home game vs. the Nets with a two-game lead over the Raptors in the Eastern Conference.  Both teams have eight remaining.

While the Cavs may not always look sharp, time remains between now and the start of the playoffs — not to mention the Finals in June. That’s something recognized by James, who’s made five straight Finals appearances.

“I’m a guy that’s never satisfied. I’m never satisfied with anything until you’re able to hoist the trophy,” he said. “But I’m happy with the process. We still have some more time. We still got a few (regular-season) games to continue to get better.”

But come mid-April, there is little wiggle room when it comes to improvement. That’s OK, too, James indicated.

“When the postseason gets here, we’ll be prepared,” he said. “Our coaching staff has given us a game plan, we will mentally be ready. We’ll be ready to go no matter the matchup.”

He added the Cavs “are in a great place” under coach Tyronn Lue, “as far as mentally and emotionally as a team.”

“We have our system in place, and we just need to go out and execute for as close to 48 minutes as possible, and build from there,” James said.

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James didn’t bite when a reporter asked about the well-chronicled drama involving Lakers guards D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young.

“Not my concern, not my business,” James said. “This is my business here. It’s all I’m worried about.”

Olympic update

James said the decision of Clippers guard Chris Paul to skip the 2016 Olympics “will not affect me personally,” when it comes to playing for Team USA.

“I’ve been playing every summer for the past 10-11 years,” Paul told reporters Wednesday. “I feel like I have a right to choose my family every now and then, too.”

James is said to still be weighing whether to join Team USA and play in the 2016 games.

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