Is LeBron James tired? Granted after an 82-game season and three rounds of playoffs, anybody is going to feel a little weary, even a superhuman athlete like James.
An article by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst ponders if the grind of the season, along with the wear-and-tear from the seven-game Pacers series will catch up with James in the Finals against the Spurs. Windhorst writes that James averaged 43 minutes in the Pacers series, the highest stretch over seven games this season. It also contains the following quote:
“It took all in the tank from me in the third quarter. So I needed a little breather.”
With Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Miami supporting cast looking much less effective in the playoffs as they did a year ago, there might even be more of an onus on James to step up his game in the fourth quarter, even if that means guarding Spurs’ fleet-footed point guard Tony Parker down the stretch.
“I can see it on a few of our guys’ faces,” James said. “Felt a little fatigued, still a little banged up from that seven-game series.”
James will have had a full two days to recover between Thursday’s Game 1 and Sunday night’s second game of the series. After that there is only a one-day break between Games 2 and 3 along with Games 3 and 4.
Granted, the Spurs, with their older players, were the team most expected would be affected by fatigue in this series. It’s hard to bet against James finding a second wind as this series develops yet this still seams like something to keep an eye on.
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