LEBRON James bounced back strong from a lethargic performance in Game 3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics after dropping 34 points in their Game 4 victory, 112-99, on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) to move a win away from his seventh straight NBA Finals appearance.
After scoring just 11 in the Cavs’ 111-108 loss in Game 3, James was quick to admit that he ‘didn’t have it.’ But his Cleveland teammate Richard Jefferson bared what the four-time MVP actually didn’t have in that stunning no-show was a clean bill of health.
In an interview with Fox Sports Ohio on Tuesday, Jefferson said that a bug that caused Deron Williams to miss a shootaround also afflicted James.
“I know he won't talk about it, so I'll give my big guy a shout. Deron Williams missed shootaround this morning because he had like a little bug, really lethargic, had no energy. And I think that's what 'Bron had,” he said.
“Sometimes these little bugs can go around. And [James] was like, dude when Deron didn't show up to shootaround, it kind of started clicking in his head. Because for him it was like, 'I don't know why I was so lethargic, why I had no energy, I had nothing,'” added Jefferson.
The Cavs vet would go on to credit the Celtics for hitting tough shots in stealing a win in Cleveland.
“And so, these little things happen. [There] was no panic. Look, he was lethargic, they hit a bunch of tough shots, if Marcus Smart doesn't go 7-for-10 from 3, then we're not even talking about it,” he added.
James, though, insisted after that loss that he just ‘had a tough game, period,” and didn’t mention anything about his health.
The Cavs look to close out the series with the Celtics in Game 5 on Thursday at Boston.