LeBron James reveals how late he stayed up watching film of Game 1 vs. Heat
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers thoroughly dominated the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
However, James’ night was far from over even after the buzzer sounded. Ever the student of the game, LeBron said he was up until 4:30 a.m. watching tape.
He said he watched film until 430 in morning last night/this AM https://t.co/XQphkJWfLj
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) October 1, 2020
James’ commitment to the game has never been in doubt, nor has his desire to capture his fourth championship.
In fact, LeBron seems just as motivated to win another title even in a season as strange and unprecedented as this one.
The four-time league MVP has routinely preached confidence throughout the playoffs, but is also holding his team accountable.
James actually said he did not like the way L.A. played on Wednesday, citing lackluster effort during a fourth quarter in which the Heat outscored the Lakers 31-23. LeBron even called the letdown “unacceptable.”
Miami will be hard-pressed to get past a determined James, especially in light of injuries to Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo. Both players are listed as doubtful for Game 2, and it is possible Dragic will miss the rest of the series.
However, LeBron does not want to let his foot off the gas pedal.
James has one of the highest basketball IQs in NBA history, with his dedication to film study one of the qualities helping to enhance his greatness on the floor.
The Lakers have been on a mission all season, and especially since the death of franchise legend Kobe Bryant in January.
Los Angeles is looking to capture its first title since 2010, and James seems determined not to let anything get in the way, even if it means a few more late nights.