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LeBron James testy over fatigue question: ‘I’m averaging a triple double’

LeBron James fired back a reporter on Wednesday over a suggestion he looks tired during the NBA Finals, particularly during Game 2 when he locked down on Kevin Durant often on the defensive end.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar essentially tried to shut down the notion by pointing to his impressive stat line.

“Do I look tired?” James said Wednesday morning, via cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. “I’m averaging a triple-double in the Finals. I’m pretty good, I would think.”

James is averaging 28.5 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists in Games 1 and 2, albeit in two blowout losses.

As noted by Vardon, Games 1 and 2 were played at a faster pace than any other game in James’ storied playoff career.

Making matters worse, James and Co. of course limp back to Cleveland down 0-2 and seemingly without an answer. James was asked if it seems the Warriors are trying to embarrass the Cavaliers to avenge last season’s stunning series loss after staking a 3-1 series lead.

“I want to win just as bad as they do and obviously they probably got a bad taste in their mouth after what happened last year and we had one in our mouth last year from what happened the year before,” James said. “I’ve had a few bad tastes in my mouth from what happened in the Finals, so and I’ve always had that feeling so it never changed for me.”

As it pertains to James shutting down a reporter’s question about fatigue, he has been alternately bristly and nonchalant in his interactions with the media throughout the Finals. It’s not surprising that James would defend himself and lay waste to the notion he’s wearing out. Not with so much on the line Wednesday night in Cleveland.

“We have an opportunity to protect home and if we do that, we’ll put ourselves back in the series,” he said.