Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James says over the years he has learned one thing -- to stay locked in and completely focused until the series is over. James, who is playing his second season with the Lakers, led his team to their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010 and now they have a 2-1 over the Miami Heat.
The Lakers won the first two games and appeared to be cruising toward sweeping Miami but the Heat claimed a surprise 115-104 win in Game 3 to reduce the deficit to 2-1. "Until the series is completed, I kind of stay on edge, stay locked in on the job at hand," James said, per ESPN.
"Obviously, no one wants to ever lose. You hate that feeling, especially when you know you didn't play your best, and I definitely wasn't at my best [Sunday] night from an individual standpoint. So I take that responsibility, and I take that with a lot of passion and understanding of how I can be much better in the following game."
James has a lot of experience and knowledge
James is playing his 10th NBA Finals and his experience and knowledge has learned him one things -- never get too high or too disappointed after one game. "Throughout the postseason, I stay even-keel," James said.
"As I've grown in this game and I've grown over the years, I kind of stay even-keel, understanding that there's always another opportunity to get better." In Game 3, Heat's Jimmy Butler put up a monster triple-double as he scored 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists.
Meanwhile, James scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists. When asked if he feels the pressure to deliver a big-time individual performance in Game 4, James claimed he is always focused on doing the right thing to help his team win.
"I've never predetermined my game plan throughout my whole career. I've never gone into a game saying, 'OK, I need to score 40 tonight. I need to dominate in the scoring facet ... I need to make big shots,'" James said.
"I've never predetermined my game. Throughout my whole life, I've never done that. ... I think anytime I've ever thought about, 'OK, I'm going to try to go out and do this,' it doesn't happen that way.
"The best thing I can tell you is that I'm always prepared, and I know that I've put in the work. I trust that."