2016 NBA Finals: Phil Jackson says LeBron James, Cavaliers can come back from 0-2 deficit

2016 NBA Finals: Phil Jackson says LeBron James, Cavaliers can come back from 0-2 deficit

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in big trouble as they are down 0-2 in the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. Cavs fans still believe their team can come back from the deficit and they are not alone as New York Knicks president Phil Jackson also thinks the same way.

The Cavaliers has been outplayed by the Warriors in the first two games, especially in Game 2 when they were blown out of the Oracle Arena by 33 points. The good news for James, the Cavs, and their fans is that the next two games are in Cleveland.

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Another good news is the greatest coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson, believes the 0-2 hole the Cavs are in is climbable. Jackson compared James’ situation to Michael Jordan in 1993 when the Bulls were also down 0-2 against the Knicks.

“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 told 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,” he added.

However, James shrugged off the advice from Jackson and the comparison to Jordan. He mentioned that he respects both coach and player but if ever he gets “possessed,” it is because he played his game and not anybody else’s.

“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 via FOX Sports.

On the other hand, the last team to ever come back from a 0-2 deficit in the NBA Finals is the Miami Heat in 2006 against the Dallas Mavericks. The King needs all of his Cavaliers teammates to play better or the 2016 NBA Finals is over.

Game 3 of the series will be on Wednesday at the Quicken Loans Arena and it will start at 9:00 PM ET. The 2016 NBA Finals is exclusively broadcasted by the ABC Network.

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  • Logic Johnson

    Easy to say for someone who practices zen. LBJ does not.

  • Lebron do what he does best in the finals. To choke.