There was no concern from LeBron James after the Pacers jumped out to a 1-0 (and 2-1) playoff series lead last month and James says there's no reason to worry despite a 108-83 loss to the Celtics Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
"I have zero level of concern at this stage," James told reporters after the game. "I didn't go to college so its not March Madness. You get better throughout the series, see ways you can get better. I've been down 0-1, been down 0-2. There's no level of concern."
Cleveland's 25-point loss Sunday is the second-largest Game 1 loss by a James team in his playoff career. He was guarded by Marcus Morris on 24 plays, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
It was a Game 1 to forget for the Cavs and LeBron James. pic.twitter.com/K86VquSwnK- Sporting News (@sportingnews) May 13, 2018
"I've seen every (defensive) coverage," James said. "For me, Game 1 has always been a feel out game if you follow my history. I got a good sense of the way they played me today and how I'll play heading into Game 2."
The Cavaliers looked to be sleepwalking Sunday while shooting just 36.5 percent from the field and 15.4 percent from 3-point range.
"Three-point shots are a part of our DNA. That's what makes us the best team we can be," James said. "Even early on, we had some wide one looks that just didn't go. JR (Smith), Kev (Kevin Love), G-Hill (George Hill), they had some great looks. We're absolutely okay with that."
The Cavaliers fell behind by 18 after the first quarter, and trailed by around 20 most of the game. Asked about how the Celtics extended their lead early in the fourth quarter, James also impressively rattled off the Celtics' plays.
.@KingJames' recalls the 4th quarter...in extreme detail.#WhateverItTakes pic.twitter.com/86LNe2r2gX- Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 13, 2018