For the majority of this season, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have not been the favorites to win the NBA title.
Golden State Warriors and the Atalanta Hawks have shown their prowess by reeling off wins with ease, while the Cavs have been left to drool over their opponents.
This changed in recent weeks and months. Cleveland Cavaliers have resembled a side that could actually win the NBA title, with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love playing key roles for a team that edged the Chicago Bulls for supremacy in the Eastern Conference Central Division.
Sense of perspective
But things might have just changed again for the Cavaliers after Sunday night. Despite winning a fourth straight playoff game to clinch a playoff series win over the Boston Celtics, an injury to Kevin Love and an ejection for J.R. Smith leaves the Cavs in a precarious position.
Despite these issues, star baller LeBron James offered Cleveland fans a sense of perspective and words of comfort post-game in an honest and frank interview.
"You just control what you can control," James said. "That's all we can do. We have this small period of time to get better. It's next man up. What goes on with our team, those are two big pieces, obviously, next man up. No excuses. You just get ready to go out and play."
Huge Chicago battle
Cleveland will likely face off against the Bulls in their next playoff game in what is guaranteed to be a colossal battle between two stacked teams. The prospect of playing against the likes of Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose is not something that fazes LeBron, adding that he can't wait for the match-up.
"It's going to get tougher and tougher," James said. "If we're fortunate enough to continue playing basketball at this time of year, it will get tougher and tougher. So as we wait for our second round opponent, mentally we'll decompress for probably a day, or two, and then you lock back in."
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