LeBron James on Cavaliers: ‘We’re clicking right now’
LeBron James admits the somewhat strange season the Cleveland Cavaliers have endured included some “some ups and downs.” But the superstar argues that the team is hitting its stride at the right time and appears poised and prepared to enter the postseason with some momentum.
Speaking Tuesday night after the Cavaliers easily handled the Milwaukee Bucks in a convincing 109-80 victory for a fourth win in a row, James said that at long last the team is exuding confidence and seems to be firing on all cylinders.
“We’ve had some ups and downs, but for the most part, we’ve had way more ups, and for our team, we’re in a good place right now with a week and a half left in the regular season,” he said, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “It’s a perfect time to be clicking, and we’re clicking right now, so it’s perfect for our team, and everyone feels in a good rhythm offensively and defensively. We know what we want to do, and we can go out and execute that.”
Despite the fact that the Cavaliers (56-22) have been essentially in complete control of the Eastern Conference for the entire regular season, it appeared the team was in relative disarray behind the scenes, a suspicion reinforced by David Blatt’s firing, James’ peculiar social media behavior (among other things) — which gave rise to whispers concerning James’ future in Cleveland, not to mention rumors that not everything was right between two of the team’s superstars.
But given the recent run the Cavaliers have gone on during which the team has won seven of 10 games, it appears the Cavs are setting the table for a deep postseason run.
Perhaps most illustrative of that notion is how freely the team has been operating on the offensive end of the court of late. During Tuesday’s blowout victory, the Cavaliers notched 30 assists on 41 field goals, something that pleases James immensely.
“I mean, it’s my type of basketball,” said James, who had fewer than 10 attempts for just the second time this season. “I love when the ball is moving. I couldn’t care less about how many shots I get as long as the ball is moving and everybody is in a good rhythm and guys feel good about the offensive end. It definitely shows up on the defensive end, as well.”