LeBron James showed his maturity on Friday after a disappointing loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
The young LeBron might have been flustered, defensive and unprepared to handle the jokes, memes and criticism after leg cramps prevented him from playing late in the Miami Heat's 110-95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.
The mature, more confident and secure LeBron took the stage to speak with reporters with a serious, but light-hearted and relaxed demeanor.
He simply said, "I really don't care what people say about me."
Shaun Powell of Sports on Earth has the right idea.
No conspiracy, no LeBron manhood issues. Just cramps. Why can't people accept that? http://t.co/e8gi0ItQru— Shaun Powell (@Powell2daPeople) June 6, 2014
For once, that was a totally believable statement coming from the league's best player.
Based on their leader's resolve and the way the team played in Game 1 before James couldn't continue, there's no doubt Miami wins Game 2 and goes on to win the series.
San Antonio Will Not Continue to Shoot Lights Out
During the fourth quarter, the Spurs shot the ball as if they were playing NBA 2K14 on the rookie difficulty level.
As good and efficient as San Antonio is, no team can remain that unconscious from downtown.
The Spurs made 11-of-13 shots in the fourth quarter and 58.8 percent of their shots in the game. Even with that, it still took a frantic run in the fourth quarter to beat the LeBron-less Heat during the final moments of the game.
No leg cramps for James and it's seriously in doubt whether the Spurs win Game 1.
The Big Three Plus One Nearly Formed South Beach Voltron
All of that happened in Game 1. James, Wade and Bosh combined for 62 points, and Ray Allen had 16 points off the bench. But the Heat couldn't "form the head," because the King was cramping up on the sidelines.
Unless you believe James will cramp up multiple times in this series, it's hard to imagine LeBron and Miami not responding.
Look for a big, but controlled performance from LeBron in Game 2.
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