OAKLAND, Calif. – LeBron James has suffered many defeats in the Finals, 12 of them against Golden State Warriors in the last four years, but he admitted that the defeat in the extra time of Game 1 suffered by the Cleveland Cavaliers was one of the most painful of his life .
"It's one of the toughest losses I've had in my career because of everything that happened with the game and the way we play," James said on Saturday. "It was a tough 24 hours not only for [George] Hill and me, but for our entire team, because we placed ourselves in an excellent position to succeed."
Cleveland is not concerned about the drag effect of their amazing loss of overtime for the Warriors in the first game of the Finals. On the contrary, according to coach Ty Lue. "We have the plan and now we have to execute at a higher level," said Lue.
How will the Cavs and the Warriors respond after an unforgettable game 1? This is what worked and what failed.
Hill, who missed a free throw that could have won the game when there were 4.7 seconds left, said he could not sleep after the loss and watched the replay of Miss One and again.
James, who usually struggles to sleep after the playoff losses, was in the same position he held in the last moments of the fourth quarter in his head.
James said He tried to set the example of going ahead with Saturday practice.
"It's a new day, for me, I got up feeling excited about the opportunity to improve today, excited by the opportunity that comes tomorrow," James said. "You give yourself one day, if you need to take two days, that's fine, but today you should feel excited about the opportunity to be better and be great and move on."
The Cavs spent much of Friday for themselves. There was no formal team practice. Some players tried to distract themselves by watching movies. Kyle Korver said he avoided SportsCenter and instead watched the comedy "Billy Madison."
The team had a team session on Saturday morning where they tried to turn the page and start focusing on Game 2.
"The game is over, there's nothing you can do about it," he said. the Cavs coach, Ty Lue. "So we have to move on, move on, and when we watch movies today and show some guys where we can improve, all the boys are in an excellent place at the moment and in an excellent position."
The Cavs have only four players remaining in the 2015 finals: James, Kevin Love, JR Smith and Tristan Thompson, but they are trying to take advantage of their experience of those Finals to prepare them. That year, they lost a difficult Game 1 in overtime and the loss worsened when Kyrie Irving was lost by a broken kneecap. But the team recovered and recovered to win Game 2 and match that series.
"We were tough, we fought and we forced it back to Cleveland 1-1 and we hope to do the same," Love said. "But we have to really come out in those first five minutes (in Game 2) and show what we are capable of and set the tone."