Cavs’ LeBron James arrives to Game 3 in casual style yet looking all business (Video)
LeBron James may be dressed casually for this home affair, but make no mistake about it: he’s all business.
Unlike prior road playoff games, The King decided to stroll into Quicken Loans Arena ahead of his team’s must-win Game 3 against the Boston Celtics dressed extremely casually wearing no suit.
No suits for the home games. pic.twitter.com/RGvO6n6laa
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LeBron knows exactly what he and his team faces. Down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series, Game 3 at home represents a must-win.
In Games 1 and 2, the Boston Celtics outplayed Cleveland in every facet of the game. Though James picked up his usual box score worthiness, his supporting cast simply couldn’t get it done. The Celtics have been far more intelligent and aggressive which has equaled defensive dominance.
James’ dominance during these NBA Playoffs has been well documented. In 13 games played, he’s put up a cool 33.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 9.2 assists per contest, nearly a triple-double. Furthermore, the man is shooting a mind-boggling .540 from the floor over the course of those 13 playoff games.
The problem lies in help.
Whether it’s Terry Rozier—the man the Cavs have targeted offensively in attempting to get LeBron the upper-hand—or Al Horford, Brad Stevens’ five-man defensive unit has played in a flawless manner. They can switch interchangeably and take any man in any spot, Horford included (as he displayed on point guard George Hill in Game 2 when he drove baseline and was turned back on the reverse layup.
The only hope Cleveland can hold out for at this point is the good whistle homecourt can bring. Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals tips off Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on ABC/ESPN.