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Turns out, even The King has some concerns.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers admitted at shootaround for tonight’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics he’s lost sleep over the Cavs dropping the first two games of the series.
Although his teams have twice overcome being down 2-0 in a series to emerge victorious, that’s not the norm. In NBA history, only 19 of 300 teams (6 percent) have overcome such deficits to prevail.
“I mean, I lose sleep,” James said. “At the end of the day, when you lose any game in the postseason, it’s never comfort. Playoffs is never comfort. There’s nothing about the playoffs that’s comfortable until you either win it all or you lose and go into the summer.
“So for me it’s always day-to-day grind to figure out ways that you can be better.”
James led the Cavaliers back from a 2-0 deficit against the Pistons in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals and then, of course, most memorably, helped rally Cleveland from a two-game hole to dethrone defending champion Golden State in the 2016 Finals.
Which makes tonight’s Game 3 even more important for James and his Cavalier teammates. No team in NBA history has called from a 3-0 defect to win a series.
James is attempting to reach the NBA Finals for an eighth consecutive season, a feat accomplished only by Celtics legends Bill Russell, Sam Jones, Frank Ramsey and Tommy Heinsohn.