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LeBron James dismisses Phil Jackson's Michael Jordan comparison

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The Cleveland Cavaliers head into game three of the NBA Finals knowing that only a win must do as they trail the Golden State Warriors 2-0. 

A failure to protect home court like the defending champions did in Oakland will effectively end the Cavs' hopes to bring that elusive title to Northeast Ohio this year.

Winning back-to-back games against the Warriors is easier said than done, however, as they only lost two games in a row once throughout the entire season - to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.

The chances of the Cavaliers doing so are also pretty slim having lost seven consecutive games to the Bay Area franchise. 

But that's the task that's facing the Wine and Gold if they are to make the series interesting. LeBron James and his troops may be down, but they're definitely not out.

One man who knows a thing or two about being down 0-2 in the playoffs is former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson. 

In 1993 his Bulls outfit trailed the New York Knicks by the same deficit, but they came back to win the series 4-2 thanks largely to the brilliance of Michael Jordan. 

2016 NBA Finals - Game Two

The Zen Master says LeBron will have to produce a similar level of performance as the G.O.A.T if he wants to help Cleveland overcome its current predicament.

"It did something to Michael Jordan. You learned something about pulling the cape of Superman. It's not a good idea. He was a man possessed after that,"Jackson said via the New York Daily News. 

"I think it's going to take something for LeBron to step into that. Put his cape on and say, 'I'm going to have to take over a lot of this series, doing the things beyond my level or my normal capacity.' He's been a team player up until this point, but I think he's going to have to step beyond that."

That won't be an easy thing to do, though, because as we all know, nobody's Jordan. King James himself also rejected Jackson's comments and dismissed them out of hand. 

“What does that actually mean? I think, for me to go out and be who I am, and play as true to the game and as hard as I can, and try to lead this team as who I am. I’m not anybody else," James said.

"I’m not Michael, I’m not [Muhammad] Ali, I’m not nobody else that’s done so many great things for sport. I am who I am, and if I’m able to go out and put together a game like that -- it wasn’t because I was possessed. It’s because I worked on my craft all season long, and that’s the result of it. Phil’s a great coach. Mike’s a great player. But I am who I am.”

Once thing is for sure, LeBron and the Cavs must produce something special to turn this series around and that will begin with game three at the Quicken Loans Arena tonight where they are undefeated in the postseason.

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