Sport NBA playoffs 2017: LeBron James says Cavs need 'baby steps' to repeat

09:55  14 april  2017
09:55  14 april  2017 Source:   Sporting News

LeBron, Cavs teammates partied in Miami after brutal loss to Hawks

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LeBron James wants to get the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals for the third straight year, with a chance to repeat as champions. But the Cavaliers are limping into the playoffs , going 10-14 since March 1 to lose control of the top seed in the Eastern Conference. James says he has the answer to

LeBron James wants to get the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals for the third straight year, with a chance to repeat as champions. But the Cavaliers are limping into the playoffs , going 10-14 since March 1 to lose control of the top seed in the Eastern Conference. James says he has the answer to

LeBron James © (Getty Images) LeBron James

LeBron James wants to get the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals for the third straight year, with a chance to repeat as champions.

But the Cavaliers are limping into the playoffs, going 10-14 since March 1 to lose control of the top seed in the Eastern Conference. James says he has the answer to turn things around, but he's not sharing.

"I'm not giving it to you," James told reporters, via Cleveland.com,following Thursday's practice before the second-seeded Cavs (51-31) face the Pacers (42-40) on Saturday. "But I've got the answer why I feel like we've got a great chance."

The Cavaliers will have Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith for the postseason, after each missed extensive time in the second half of the regular season. Even with those three back, James knows it won't be easy to dispatch the Paul George-led Pacers.

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With the 2017 NBA Playoffs preparing to tip off, these five players face more pressure than anyone else. After 2460 regular season games, the 2017 NBA Granted, they may not change as much for the likes of LeBron James and the Cavs or Durant, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

"It starts with baby steps first, and we understand that," James said, via ESPN. "It starts with our opponent in two days. We have to be very determined, but we also have to be very smart about our game plan and how we execute that game plan, execute that (for)48 minutes as possible starting with Game 1.

"I think through everything that went on with our team, we're in a position where we can do something special still," James added. "At the end of the day, I'm not going to harp on what happened in the regular season through injuries, through bad losses, through good wins, through whatever the case may be. We have a good club going into the postseason. That's all you can ask for."

LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant on the NBA playoff scoring list .
The King is on his way to No. 1 all time.Midway through the second quarter of Game 3 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers, James surpassed Bryant for third on the playoff scoring list with 5,641 career postseason points. Kobe scored 5,640 points in 220 career playoff games, while Wednesday was LeBron’s 202nd.

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