The Cleveland Cavaliers entered Sunday evening’s game against the Boston Celtics as 17-point favorites. For the uninitiated when it comes the sports betting, that is a crazy number that illustrates just how unlikely it was that the Celtics were able to go into Cleveland, without Isaiah Thomas, and emerge victorious in Game 3.
Part of the perfect storm that occurred was the uninspired and, frankly, strange play of LeBron James. While the Cavs were still +1 in his 45 minutes of play, James finished the game with just 11 points (on 4-of-13 shooting), six rebounds and six assists, and he committed six turnovers in the process.
As you may expect, that type of performance did not sit well with the best player in the world and it resulted in an awkward exchange during James’ postgame press conference. After being asked a relatively anonymous question about his less than stellar play, James went after the reporter, Kenny Roda of 1480 WHBC in Cleveland, about his presence.