LeBron James has started focusing on the playoffs. And here is a good news for the Cavaliers fans: James has declared that his team is fit and raring to go for the NBA championship.
“I feel like we’re ready to make a championship run,” James said Saturday morning, ahead of Cleveland’s shootaround at Madison Square Garden in preparation to play the Knicks. “I’m confident in this team and I know we can make a championship run, and that’s all you can ask for.”
This wasn’t something unexpected from LBJ as the Cavs are the No 1 team in the East and are likely to leapfrog last season’s 53 win-record. LeBron James has already featured in 5 NBA finals. James led the Cavs to win 2 games against the reigning champions Golden State Warriors in last season’s finals without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
“I haven’t really thought about last year,” James said, according to Cleveland.com. “I think it’s not factual to think about what happened last year. My concern, I don’t like to use the word concern because then everybody think it’s like a problem. My only thought now and my preparation is getting these guys prepared to make a long run in the postseason.
“And obviously we’ve got 10 games left and I’m not going to shortcut that because we still can get better, but my whole mindset is getting these guys ready for the long run. I think we have enough, no I know we have enough and we just got to go out and do it.”
The Cavs were humbled by lowly Brooklyn Nets on Thursday and James’ cryptic messages on Twitter earlier raised questions about his commitment, faith and future in the organization. His latest comments has ridiculed these questions.
But Tyronn Lue is going to rest LBJ against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, as reported by the ESPN. “Not too many chances and opportunities to rest one game and have four days off, so I thought it was a good opportunity to rest him,” Lue said. James was named the Eastern Conference player of the week after he averaged averaged 29 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists in his past four games.