The Cleveland Cavaliers destroyed the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals last season. The two teams are set to lock horns in the second round playoffs of this post-season. And LeBron James has cautioned his teammates to focus on the task ahead.
Why did LBJ do so? The Cavs have defeated the Hawks thrice this season so far and are favorites to win the playoff series.
“At the end of the day what happened in the past doesn’t define what happens today,” James said earlier on Friday to Cleveland.com.
James evaded the reporters after Cavs’ practice session on Sunday. The Cavs conceded Game 1 and Game 3 against the Bulls in the last seasons Conference Semifinals. That was David Blatt’s team. Now Tyronn Lue has taken charge after Blatt’s removal from the head coach’s post. LeBron James’ heroics pulled off the series win against the Bulls.
The situation is quite similar as the Cavs had a one week break before going into the second round playoffs like last season. But the good news is that, both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are healthy and have struck supreme form.
“All we can do is control what we can control,” James added. “As far as our rhythm I think we put in some great work this week so far and uh, but you only know until you get out on the floor. But we’re prepared.”
In the last ten postseasons, James has registered a 36-21 record in the Conference semifinals, which looks quite great. Thrice his past Cavs’ side bowed out in the second round of the playoffs, but the last defeat came way back in 2010.