LeBron James is once again down 2-0 in the NBA Finals, but don’t expect King James to fold or quit.
It isn’t going to happen.
“His mindset is just to try to leave it out on the court,” two-time NBA champion Mario Chalmers said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “He knows the matchup. He knows it’s a tough matchup. But he’s going to try to motivate his team, try to tell everybody to get behind him, try to lead by example, and just try to get his teammates to follow. That’s the best thing for him to do.”
But even if James does that, will it matter? Aren’t the Warriors, who have won 29 of 30, simply too good?
“That’s a tough question,” said Chalmers, who played with James in Miami from 2010-14. “I’ve seen LeBron turn it on with his back against the wall against Boston when we were down in that series going to Boston, so I think he can turn it on, but it’s a different feat than beating Boston. For him to turn it on, he’s going to need a little more help. I think everybody needs to step up and do what they got to do.”
Cleveland and Golden State went a combined 24-1 in the playoffs leading up to the Finals. Many people have criticized the NBA’s top-heavy postseason, while others enjoy seeing two great teams square off in the Finals year after year.
Chalmers sees both sides.
“I think it’s good and I think it’s bad,” he said. “But either way, you still got to lace up your shoes, and whoever’s in front of you, you got to be ready to compete and try to beat them any way you can.”
Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland at 9 p.m. ET.