Is there finally an explanation for why LeBron was so bad in Game 3?
LeBron James and company lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers star scored just 11 points on 4 of 13 shooting in his team's loss, and many around the NBA community crushed James for his lackluster performance.
However, there may be an explanation for his poor play.
According to teammate Richard Jefferson, LeBron may have been sick. Jefferson made the claim on Was It Something I Said on Fox Sports Ohio after Game 4.
"I know he won’t talk about it, so I’ll give my big guy a shout. Deron Williams missed shoot around this morning because he had like a little bug, really lethargic, had no energy. And I think that’s what ‘Bron had. And sometimes these little bugs can go around. And [James] was like, dude when Deron didn’t show up to shoot around, it kind of started clicking in his head. Because for him it was like, 'I don’t know why I was so lethargic, why I had no energy, I had nothing.' And so, these little things happen. [There] was no panic. Look, he was lethargic, they hit a bunch of tough shots, if Marcus Smart doesn’t go 7-for-10 from three, then we’re not even talking about it."
Of course, now LeBron's critics will point to Michael Jordan's "Flu Game" as the tie breaker when arguing who is the best basketball player of all time. Regardless, LeBron and the Cavs bounced back for a Game 4 victory and lead the series 3-1.