LeBron James: ‘Tomorrow’s not promised’ despite 2-0 series lead
The Cleveland Cavaliers got one step further to putting a stranglehold on its Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Atlanta Hawks courtesy of a 123-98 blowout victory Wednesday night at The Q.
But LeBron James appeared to be warning his teammates — not to mention the team’s fans — by telling reporters simply being up 2-0 in the series doesn’t mean the Cavaliers have punched their ticket for the Eastern Conference Finals.
“Tomorrow’s not promised,” James said, via cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “For our team, we’re still a young group. Let’s not get this mistaken. We’re still a young group that was just put together last year and then put together again towards the All-Star break. We don’t have much experience. We don’t have enough games played in pressure situations for us to ever get lax and to ever lose focus on what the main thing is and that’s to play that next game. Can’t afford it.”
James also was reluctant to say that the blowout victory held any more significance than had the Cavaliers just squeaked by the Hawks.
“We did what we were supposed to do as the number one seed and that’s protect home court,” James said. “It doesn’t matter if you win by 50 or you win by 100 points, it’s one game. We did what we were supposed to. We protected home court and we have to go down there and play a very, very good game— a great game, I’m sorry— in order to beat those guys on their home floor in Atlanta.”
Vardon notes in the report that despite James expressing trepidation over the possibility that the Cavs could rest on their laurels, teams led by the superstar have never lost a playoff series after going up 2-0. Also of interest: James-led teams have won at least one road game in each of his last 23 series. If history holds true, that all but assures the Cavaliers a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.
And should a potential scenario play out according to James’ wishes? That would make him really happy.