NEW YORK — After the Nets beat the Cavaliers on Friday, both LeBron James and his head coach cited energy lapses as one of the reasons why.
“We didn’t come with our normal passion and our normal energy, and I didn’t think we played particularly smart today,” David Blatt said. “I didn’t think we played properly, and Brooklyn did a good job taking advantage of that.”
“It was spotty,” James said of his team’s energy. “At times we were flying around, and other times we were kind of in a trance. One thing we can do is try to control how hard we play, and how much we communicate out there. We didn’t do that to our capabilities tonight.”
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There was certainly no lack of energy from James on this play, where he got way up to throw down an impressive alley-oop slam from Kevin Love, and did so once the game had already been decided.