LeBron James on media criticism: 'I stopped caring a long time ago'

James Marshall
June 4, 2017

The night before the Cavaliers enter into a pivotal Game 2 trailing 1-0 in their NBA Finals showdown against the Golden State Warriors, James says he tunes out all the outside noise.

Brown has filled in perfectly and the Warriors have set an National Basketball Association record start to the playoffs at 13-0, also matching the longest win streak in National Basketball Association post-season history.

This is good news for Cavs fans, as James always calls the first game of any series a "feel out" game.

Forget all the things that Cleveland did wrong offensively in Game 1, the poor shooting and the 20 turnovers and how the bench basically contributed nothing and how Rihanna got - and merited - more commentary from ABC's Jeff Van Gundy than J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson did.

It also left basketball folks scratching their heads about how the Cavaliers could find answers in time for Game 2 on Sunday.

That being said they really shoot the 3 ball well, well enough to stretch any opposition defence to perilous limits. We know we're capable of playing a lot better. "And that's our best effort to win this championship, is just be ourselves".

Raiders punter Marquette King offered Warriors point guard Stephen Curry some advice on his celebration form from when he kicked his leg up in celebration.

Durant joined Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Rick Barry in scoring 25 or more points in his first six NBA Finals games, the prior five with Oklahoma City in a 2012 loss to the James-led Miami Heat.

"I mean, no other team has done this, right?" It is what it is. We got to continue to keep playing. "But that's what stands out".

As if to establish a new tone in Game 1, they had 31 assists and four turnovers.

"He's an anomaly: There's never been a player like him at his position", Barry, the Hall of Famer said.

Asked about the moment, Durant said, "I don't even remember that". "You've got to get out here and experience that first-hand. People see so much unselfishness, they see the beauty in the pass", Andre Iguodala said.

That's when things really got ugly.

James and Kyrie Irving shot 19 for 42 between them but the sloppy ball handling allowed the Warriors to take almost as many shots - 106 - as they had points, and 20 more attempts than the Cavs' 86.

"It's more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing", Irving said. There was a concerted effort by Ty Lue and his charges to play a more inside game, after all trying to out play a almost 50% three point shooting team by jacking up shots from deep is not exactly a winning formula.

"Yeah, I won't get into that", Durant said. "Great teams do that".

The Warriors lost that series because Bogut - their best rim protector - got hurt in Game 5. Draymond Green is the Warriors' emotional leader on defense, and he shook off a 3-for-12 shooting night to have a major impact on the defensive end with 11 rebounds and a block. His performance nosedived in Games 6 and 7, especially on the defensive end, as he dealt with nagging back pain. "They thrive off turnovers and getting out in transition".

"It's no ifs, and or buts", James said. "(Now) that we've experienced that, we're able to adjust, and we're a lot better". The Warriors remained undefeated in the postseason in 13 tries (and winners of 28 of their last 29 games) by treating the Cavs as rudely as all the others.

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