LeBron James tempers expectations of standout performance in Game 2
LeBron James is widely expected to put up a huge performance in Tuesday night’s Game 2 against the Boston Celtics following an uncharacteristic clunker in Sunday’s 108-83 blowout loss.
However, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar at least is attempting to temper those expectations by arguing just because he’s pulled out heroic performances after poor games before does not mean it will happen again.
“History is history; I’m a guy who lives in the moment,” James told reporters after shootaround at TD Garden, via Cleveland.com. “Can’t rely on what you did in previous series. You’ve got to rely on your instincts. You’ve got to rely on you coaching staff and what they put together as far as the game plan, and then you go out and execute it.
“Just because you did something in one series or the previous series doesn’t mean you can result back to that. You’ve got to be ready for that next game.”
James only scored 15 points on 5-of-16 shooing –with an 0-for-5 from beyond the arc — to go along with seven turnovers on Sunday’s loss.
Regarding his poor performance in Game 1, James stressed it won’t impact his shot selection in Game 2.
“I just missed them last game,” James said. “I’m not concerned about it. I’ll take the same ones tonight.”
Video made the rounds on social media Tuesday, courtesy of ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, showing James getting in some early shooting work at TD Garden.
How important is tonight’s Game 2 versus Boston? LeBron is doing some early solo work here at the Garden before the Cavaliers’ shootaround. pic.twitter.com/rHWZLY5Wzt
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 15, 2018
James explanation? “I was up early.”
James, after Sunday’s humbling loss, said he had “zero level of concern” over the setback. While James’ protestations about the potential of having a legendary performance in Game 2 are understandable, the Celtics should expect James to come out aggressive and exert his will upon the action on the court.