LeBron James focused on showdown with Bulls after blowout of Heat
LeBron James understands that if the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to make a legitimate run at an NBA championship, the team cannot get bogged down or overly focused on one single game, even if said game conjures up nostalgic memories of the past glories.
James wasn’t even referring to playing his old chums when he said that “it’s never one of 82” following the Cavaliers’ 113-93 throttling of the Dwyane Wade-less Heat as he cited the relative significance of one game in the pursuit of postseason glory. Instead, he had his sights already set on Thursday’s showdown with the Chicago Bulls.
In fact, instead of taking a lot of time to savor a victory over his old team — the Heat’s 14th in its last 15 tilts — James, who nearly notched a triple double in 31 minutes, scoring 18 points while pulling down 10 boards and dishing out seven assists, quickly switched gears and turned his attention to the next game on the schedule against the Bulls, who stand a half-game ahead of the Cavs in the Central.
“We don’t have the ability to look at a game and say it’s one out of 82,” he said, via Cleveland.com.
But he did allow a moment to discuss the good memories he has of his time with the Heat.
“It’s still going to be memories for sure when I see my guys,” James said. “Any one of the teammates that I had when we won the championship, or even when we lost the championship, because we just gave so much to each other, we sacrificed so much. So any time I see one of those guys, whether they’re on the Heat or another team. But obviously what we’re trying to do here, we have an opportunity to get better and better and better and we didn’t want to waste the opportunity.”
Wednesday’s relatively low-key affair at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena was short on drama and in appearance a stark contrast to the highly charged, incredibly emotional Christmas Day showdown between the teams in Miami. And that’s probably how James prefers it. While it’s nice to recollect for a moment, the past is in the past and James and the Cavaliers have much bigger things on which to focus.
In other words, on to Chicago.
(photo credit: John Kuntz/Cleveland.com)