LeBron James did all he could in Game 2 on Sunday. The Cleveland Cavaliers star scored 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting, adding 14 rebounds and 11 assists. James tied Magic Johnson for playoff triple-doubles in NBA history. And yet, the Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors, 132-113.
James was apparently exasperated enough — with the game and the league’s handling of postgame press conferences — that he decided to skip his postgame podium appearance, an abnormal thing for him to do given the amount of media at an NBA Finals game and the often-cramped situation visiting locker rooms NBA teams are put into.
It also was an indicator that LeBron was going to be a bit … short with media given the way the team lost, so carefully-worded questions needed to come toward The King. One reporter tried to get James to answer a question about defending home court in Cleveland and got the brunt of James’ disdain.
The reporter was just trying to get LeBron to squeeze out a quote about how important it is to play well at home, but that was not the right way to word it.
The 2017 NBA Finals might be very, very short.