LeBron James has never been 1 win away from a championship, and it will be fascinating to watch the reaction of the most picked apart athlete of his generation if he ends up getting his first championship tonight.
It would be fitting that LeBron finally got his ring in the same year that he proposed to longtime girlfriend(now fiancée) Savannah. The result will be determined by other factors, because James is definitely coming to play tonight.
“We’re coming in with that Game 7 mentality,” James said after Thursday’s shootaround. “We understand that there’s no tomorrow, we have that mindset right now. We’re preparing for (Game 5) as if it’s our last game.”
LeBron James had severe leg cramps that forced him out of the game with 4 minutes left in Game 4, but feels better and doesn’t anticipate it being an issue tonight.
“I feel good, ready to go,” he said after suggesting that he’s reserved his normal treatment in preparation for the game. “I’m looking forward to tonight. It’s going to be fun.”
That is welcome news to Erik Spoelstra, because not having his best player on the floor would be detrimental to the Miami Heat’s championship hopes.
“He’s not going to miss this moment,” Spoelstra said. “It’s unfortunate that (the cramp) happened with four minutes to go (in Game 4), but you have to push it to that point where your body can’t go anymore. Hopefully it doesn’t get to that point (in Game 5).”
As a fan, you hope that these phenomenal athletes will push themselves to their limits, and Kevin Durant will attempt just that tonight.