The LeBron James who showed up to these NBA Finals is unlike any version we’ve ever seen. The ruthless efficiency, the meticulous shot selection, the mindset of always making the correct basketball play no matter the situation that has so defined his career? All of it is gone.
In its place is a motivated wrecking ball on the precipice of tearing apart the Golden State Warriors.
James scored 40 points, including six clutch free throws with under a minute remaining, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a wild 96-91 win over Golden State in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
“My motivation is to make sure my guys are ready and prepared every night we step on the floor,” James told reporters before Game 3, per Matt Moore of CBS Sports. “And I have some other motivation that I won’t talk about right now. But I have so many different things to worry about than being an underdog or guys counting us out.”
Video Highlights Showing a Relentless Matthew Dellavedova, who gave it up in Game 3