INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) – LeBron James has enough to handle with the young and brash Pistons. “These guys have been working hard, Kyrie on his knee, Kevin on his shoulder just to get back to this moment”.
Kyrie Irving’s 2015 NBA Finals were cut short after Game 1.
James tried to diffuse talk about the officiating Tuesday after Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy and rookie Stanley Johnson both complained about the way calls benefitted James during the Cavs’ Game 1 victory.
Game 2 is Wednesday night at Cleveland.
A reporter prefaced a question for Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy with the premise that the Detroit Pistons are the obvious underdogs against the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Pistons trail the Cavaliers in the best-of-seven series, 1-0. It something that many wine and gold players took exception to during post-game, including guards Matthew Dellavedova and J.R. Smith, forward Tristan Thompson, and point-forward LeBron James. Cleveland didn’t panic and they hit some big shots and made key defensive stops. “They’ve got to understand that”.
“Picking up the tempo a little bit, whether it has to be forced or not, it has to be applied”.
“Look, I thought it evened out really well”, Van Gundy said in a statement, via the Sports Illustrated.
Chris Paul had 28 points and 11 assists as the Clippers but on a dominant display at Staples Center. “So whatever [in that] game presents itself, it’s not about me versus Stanley Johnson or me versus Stan, it’s about the Cavs versus the Pistons“. Meanwhile, James stated that this series is not about him vs Van Gundy, who coached the Orlando Magic that defeated the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
These are two of the stories so far after one game of the first-round series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons.
After Love and Irving suffered injuries during last season’s playoffs which derailed the Cavaliers’ championship campaign, James is just pleased the two are back and played great. They not only want to win the series, they believe they can win the series.
James said he couldn’t remember the play Johnson was talking about and wasn’t going to engage in any verbal spat with Johnson, Van Gundy nor anyone ele.
“We talked in the locker room”, Irving said with a smile.
The Pistons hung around and were within four at 100-96 on a free throw by Morris, but James cut to the basket for a layup and Jackson missed a 3-pointer before Irving’s two free throws gave Cleveland an eight-point lead.
Memphis’ largest previous losing margin was 27 points against Oklahoma City on May 11, 2011.