LeBron James had ‘moments’ in Game 5, but blows off notion he’s fatigued
LeBron James has logged an obscene amount of minutes in an NBA career that includes countless deep runs in the postseason. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, despite averaging an absurd 40.6 minutes in these playoffs, blew off the notion fatigue is becoming a factor.
Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue invited the conversation regarding James’ possibly being worn out after Wednesday’s 96-83 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 5 in the Eastern Conference Finals.
“He looked a little tired to me,” Lue said of James. “[I have] no concerns. You’ve got to be ready to play now.”
James, however, is not interested in lending such chatter any credence.
“I had my moments,” James said after being asked during his postgame presser if he is tired, via ESPN. “I think everybody at this point is tired or worn down.”
The media later brought up the issue again during the press conference.
“I’m fine,” James said. “I didn’t mention fatigue, [the media] did.”
James has logged an NBA-leading 648 minutes this postseason. Currently aiming for an eighth-straight appearance in the NBA Finals only reinforces just how much wear and tear James has endured in his career above and beyond the grind of regular-season play.
Interestingly, James took time earlier in the postseason to bemoan the lack of off-days during the Cavs’ series against the Toronto Raptors. One could infer that James does realize the need for rest.
Still, despite denying he’s fatigued, James also made an interesting comment earlier in the series about leaving it all on the court each and every game.
“Tell them to track how tired I am after the game, track that [expletive],” James said while discussing an unflattering statistical analysis ranking him among the slowest players in the postseason. “I’m No. 1 in the NBA on how tired I am after the game.”
The debate concerning James’ fatigue level aside, the Cavaliers will face elimination in Game 6 on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Expect James, worn out or not, to log huge minutes in an effort to keep Cleveland’s title aspirations alive.