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When you end up playing 41 out of 48 minutes in an NBA playoff game, like Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James did on Monday night, hydration is the name of the game.

With options on the bench only ranging from water and sports drinks, though, you can forgive King James for trying to branch out a little bit.

During the third quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors, LeBron did just that when he was over by the first row of fans following a hard foul from Serge Ibaka.

As you can see in the video below, James ends up by one of the Quicken Loans Arena beer servers, casually takes a beer from her hand and pretends to take a sip before handing it back to her, much to the delight of J.R. Smith:

After a 116-105 win in which he scored 35 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists, LeBron definitely earned the right to enjoy a beer or two, but that's not his style.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

Following the game, LeBron explained to the Associated Press that he's not much of a beer guy and would have preferred something different:

"I wasn't going to run over our beer lady," he said. "She had one and I grabbed it. I'm not a beer guy. If she had some red wine I would have probably taken a sip."

LeBron and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich both have an affinity for wine over beer, so there may be some sort of correlation between red wine and greatness.

Monday was a fun night in Cleveland, as the fans brought a lot of energy to the arena and James and his teammates provided the rest of the excitement.

Whether it was an exciting off-the-backboard alley-oop in the first quarter or James's antics in the third, everyone was having fun and the Cavaliers were never seriously challenged by the Raptors, who had to play six games in their first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game One

The Cavs, meanwhile, hadn't played in eight days after earning a first-round sweep against the Indiana Pacers.

Making quick work of opponents will be important if the Cavs want to make it to their third-straight NBA Finals. LeBron is averaging 43.2 minutes a night this postseason, so limiting the amount of games he has to carry the load will help him stay fresh for what could be his seventh-straight trip to the Finals.

Currently, he's averaging 33.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists in Cleveland's five postseason victories thus far.

Topics:
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Kevin Love
LeBron James
NBA Playoffs
Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division

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