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LeBron James has watched The Godfather six times during the playoffs to increase focus

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The Cleveland Cavaliers' chances of winning a maiden NBA championship are still alive after surviving an elimination game at the Oracle Arena on Monday night to force a game six back on their home floor. 

Not many would have bet against the Golden State Warriors closing out the series and securing a second straight title at home where they have been formidable all year round. 

The Cavs, however, lived to fight another day by inflicting just the fourth home defeat of the season on the Warriors behind historic games from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. 

The duo scored 41 points each, becoming the first pair of teammates to ever do so in the Finals. They carried the franchise on their backs and delivered when it mattered most. 

Despite the win, the Cavaliers are still 3-2 down in the series and on the verge of losing back-to-back Finals to the same opponents. 

LeBron is also staring a third consecutive Finals loss in the face, which would also be his fifth in seven appearances.

The subject of James' legacy will immediately be discussed if he goes on to lose to Golden State again and is under the most pressure of any player featuring in the series. 

2016 NBA Finals - Game Five

There aren't many players who handle pressure and adversity better than the King, though. When he enters "playoff mode", as he calls it, he becomes a different player and has often saved his best basketball for the postseason. 

With only a few days between games in the playoffs, players have very little downtime as they're regularly preparing for the next game.  

During the minimal time he's had to himself during the Wine and Gold's run to the Finals, King James has still used it to mentally gear himself up for the challenge of facing the defending champions, but not in a way you would imagine. 

According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, the four-time MVP has watched The Godfather six times during this postseason. Broussard said James watched The Godfather Part Two the night before game five to “settle himself down.”

It's safe to say it had the desired effect as he became the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 2001 to post at least 40 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists in the win. 

The first Godfather movie runs for two hours and 58 minutes and the second runs for almost three and a half hours, so where the 31-year-old finds the time to watch them all is a mystery. 

But if watching Al Pacino and co. is helping the superstar focus and play at a high level, the Cleveland faithful will hope he takes in another installment prior to a crucial game six at the Quicken Loans Arena tonight. 

The Ohio-based franchise is still in a back against the wall situation and knows that anything less than a win will see the Warriors celebrating in their arena once again. 

They can only avoid that scenario by taking the series to a game seven in Oakland. 

Topics:
Eastern Conference
NBA
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
LeBron James

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