LeBron James on Cavs: ‘We have to play better’ in Game 2
LeBron James is playing the role of perfectionist heading into the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Game 2 showdown with the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Despite coming out on top with a 106-101 Game 1 victory — an outcome marred by uneven starts to the second and fourth quarters — James pointed out that as far as the Pistons are concerned, he and his teammates would be well advised “to assume they’ll play even better” in Game 2.
“We have to understand that going into the next game we have to play better,” James said, via cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon.
James’ assertion that the Cavaliers need to be prepared for the Pistons’ best punch at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night is absolutely on point. Cleveland allowed a two-point deficit to start the fourth quarter swell to seven within the first minute of the closing period before going on a 7-0 run to even things up and ultimately outscore the Pistons 30-23 in the final frame.
James did his part, though, in one of his patented, superb first-round playoff series performances, putting up a stat line of 22 points, 11 assists and six rebounds. And the other two members of Cleveland’s “Big 3” also had great games. Love contributed big numbers in his return to the postseason, putting up 28 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Irving did as well, chipping in a game-high 31 points.
“For these two guys, they were just excited to get back to this moment,” James said after Sunday’s win, via NBA.com. “These guys have been working hard, Kyrie on his knee, Kevin on his shoulder just to get back to this moment. It was great to be out on the floor with them and for them to put together the performance that they did.”
James stated as the regular season wound down that he felt pretty goodwith how the Cavaliers were playing. And most pundits, experts and analysts don’t expect the Pistons to edge the Cavs in the opening-round series.
However, should Cleveland come out in Game 2 and take Detroit lightly, it could make an expected series victory that much more difficult.