The NBA playoffs are less than a week ago, and the Cavs are the shakiest looking #2 seed in league history. But I am still not worried about them.
It’s because of LeBron.
Yes, they have looked inconsistent and lazy since January, and yes there have been many injuries that have hurt team chemistry and camaraderie. But there’s one piece of the puzzle that has always been there, especially in the postseason.
And that is LeBron James.
LeBron is set to go Zero Dark Thirty mode at the end of the week, which is what he has done every year since 2012. If you don’t know, it’s essentially himself shutting down on Twitter and Instagram until the end of the playoffs. Since doing this, he’s been to 5 NBA Finals, winning 3 and losing 2.
Every year he does it on the first Sunday of the NBA playoffs, and this Sunday, April 16th, is when he predictably will activate this once again.
The stats and wins are great if you believe in past performance predicting future results. But what about the average Cavs fan that is worrying about the defending champs?
It means their leader hasn’t played his basketball yet. Even though he is averaging 26.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, and 8.7 apg.
Yes, this is the time where LeBron locks in and turns on his personal “switch”, dialed up even more than his historic play in the regular season.
You see, James is smart. He’s the first player to truly devote to cryotherapy, and he knows how to listen to his body. At age 32, his trainers said he has the body of a 19 year old. I mean, c’mon, he spends around $1.5 per year just on his body alone.
Point being, he gets it. He sees the court better than anyone in the league. He remembers where players are and where they’re supposed to be. His athleticism is compared to no one’s in the league. And his leadership is second to none.
Did we already forget this guy lead the Cavs back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, an achievement no team has ever accomplished ever? Did we forget he lead his hometown to their first title in 52 years?
Fans have a tendency to look short term instead of long-term. LeBron is looking long-term. He knows the regular season is essentially meaningless, and he knows the time that matters is in the playoffs, where he has excelled at, especially since 2011.
So don’t worry Cavs fans. You will see a better Cavs team come playoffs, because you will see an even better LeBron once Zero Dark Thirty Mode is activated this Sunday. See you in June.
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