LeBron James and Kyrie Irving carried the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 112-97 win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Each of them scored 41 points. James was aggressive on offense, and he was hitting his outside shot, never hesitating when the Warriors dared him to shoot.
What did James do to prepare for this dominant performance? Listen to Lil Wayne’s Cavs anthem “Off Off Off”? Read a classic novel?
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No, the four-time MVP watched The Godfather II before leading his team to victory and cutting the Warriors’ series lead to 3-2. He has watched the same movie six times during this postseason.
James told ESPN’s Chris Broussard that he watched the classic mafia film before Game 5 because it is about family, and that settles him down before the game.
James and Co. needed settling down before the potential elimination game. Their season was on the line, and they knew they had to deliver a strong performance to return the series to Cleveland for Game 6.
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As the Cavs prepare for Thursday night’s Game 6—another elimination game—James knows he will need another dominant performance to help his team win. Maybe he’ll watch the Corleone family saga one more time to get himself psyched up for the challenge.