The first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinal series signal a Cleveland Cavaliers thumping win over Atlanta Hawks. Yet LeBron James sounds cautious. James banks on his vast experience to adopt a “step by step” approach in the league.
The Cavs average margin of win in 2 games is 18 points. The Cavs also set a new NBA record in dropping three pointers in game 2, but James wants Cavs’ side to maintain focus until the end.
“We haven’t lost focus on what our job is,” James said late Wednesday night. The Cavs didn’t practice Thursday and met at the plane to fly to Atlanta, according to the Cleveland.com.
“We did what we were supposed to do as the number one seed and that’s protect home court,” James said. “It doesn’t matter if you win by 50 or you win by 100 points, it’s one game. We did what we were supposed to. We protected home court and we have to go down there and play a very, very good game— a great game, I’m sorry— in order to beat those guys on their home floor in Atlanta.”
Game 2 has raked up a controversy. Did the Cavs try to embarrass the Hawks by shooting from long distance? Cavs coach Tyronn Lue shrugged it off.
Mutliple Hawks players questioned Cleveland’s etiquette after the game, as reported by Chris Haynes of Cleveland. TNT’s Charles Barkley even suggested the Hawks’ players must physically harm a Cavs player in retaliation.
“The players felt like it was within their grasp, they wanted to go for it,” Lue shielded his players on Thursday. ” I don’t see anything wrong with it. We didn’t do anything malicious. We were up 40 points and we got our starters out with 4 minutes to go in the third quarter.”
James also warned his teammates about a possible Atlanta resurgence.
“We don’t have the experience like the San Antonio and the Golden State and the OKC and even the team that we’re playing now. We don’t have that, so we have to understand and be in the moment every time we go out on the floor.”
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