LeBron Explains How the Cavaliers’ ‘Grit Squad’ Won Game 2

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James smiles during a news conference after Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Cleveland won the game in 95-93 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after end of the overtime period of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 7, 2015. The Cavaliers won 95-93 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after end of the overtime period of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 7, 2015. The Cavaliers won 95-93 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Paul Flannery, SB NATION

 

OAKLAND (SBNation.com) — We need to come to an understanding over the final few weeks of the 2014-15 season that nothing we have learned or hold as self-evident carries weight anymore. None of our accumulated knowledge during the course of 82 games and three rounds of playoffs can guide us anymore. Efficiency is dead. Order has been subverted. Expectations are meaningless.

In order to get through the remainder of these NBA Finals — the first finals in history to send the first two games into overtime — we must put all that aside and concentrate on what LeBron James called “The Moment.”

“I think the game is such a small thing, when you think about the moment,” James said. “We have a chance to be a part of history, but it’s the small steps that you take to get to that point.”

Look, there’s no other way to properly explain how a visiting team can shoot less than 33 percent from the floor and walk out of Oracle Arena with a victory. A team, by the way, that is playing without two NBA All-Stars and is using just seven rotation players that managed to blow an 11-point lead in just over three minutes.

The Cavaliers did that, while holding Stephen Curry to a 5-for-23 shooting performance, and while LeBron missed 23 of his 34 shots en route an astounding triple-double that still included 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. No one’s ever done that, which was in keeping with the rest of the evening. A lot of things no one’s ever done happened on Sunday.

 

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