LeBron James cuts open a vein about blowout loss to Warriors
LeBron James was still smarting on Wednesday about Monday’s embarrassing 132-98 blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday.
Addressing the media during shootaround ahead of a showdown with the Brooklyn Nets, James cut open a vein and spoke extensively while addressing the potential baggage, the lessons learned and the possible ramifications of such an abysmal showing.
But more than anything, James echoed the comments made in the immediate aftermath of the loss, stressing to remain calm.
“Our last game against Golden State,” James said, via Eye on Basketball, “you can kind of throw it in the trash.”
Due to an embarrassing film session that was “ugly to watch,” James said Tuesday “wasn’t a great day for us.” Although he did characterize a practice session as “really sharp.”
James made it clear that he doesn’t believe the team is playing at a high level but stressed he’s been through it before with the Miami Heat and pointed out that it hasn’t even been two years yet that the Cavaliers have been working on becoming a championship-caliber team.
“I think we’re a good team,” he continued. “But I don’t think we’re a great team right now. We’ve got to continue to get better. I really think it’s absurd to think about May and June; it’s not guaranteed, man. If we continue to win and put ourselves in position and we do make the playoffs, then we give ourselves a chance. … But that doesn’t guarantee you anything. One shot here, one shot there, a turnover here, a turnover there, can change a series. So for me, to focus on down that road when tomorrow isn’t promised, I think, is absurd.”
The Cavaliers of course stumbled out of the gate last season to a 19-20 record and nevertheless reached the NBA Finals. Given the Cavaliers remain the top seed and in control in the East nearing the midseason point despite again experiencing some semblance of struggles — albeit not as bad as last season — as James stated, while there’s cause for concern, there’s no reason to panic. At least not quite yet.