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“I don’t know. I don’t like it,” says LeBron James

The way you guys came out in that first quarter where Tristan is establishing the tone of the game, JR Smith is hitting some big threes, how can you ensure that you bring that same kind of mentality on the road in Oracle and just seeing what you guys were capable of, doing that?

LEBRON JAMES: Well, we’re going to watch the film when we get to Golden State, and let’s see ways we can be better. We didn’t play our type of game in Game 1 and Game 2. And if we don’t do that, if we play like we played in Game 1 and Game 2 of this series, the series is over. So we have to continue to play how we played at home. We have to be physically — be physical at the point of attack, we got to continue to move the ball, share the ball. And tonight we had 27 assists, and that’s very key.


Kind of looks like déjà vu all over again, you guys going back west down 3-1. Do you have these guys just where you want them?

LEBRON JAMES: No, they got us where they want us. Listen, at the end of the day, we want to just try to put ourself in position to play another game, and we did that tonight and hopefully we can do it Monday night where we can come back here. So our mindset is try to go up there and get one. Which is probably one of the toughest environments we have in this league, along with our building. And so we look forward to the challenge and the matchup.

Whether it’s adversity or desperation or intensity, this group, as we have seen it the last couple of years, seems to always respond to it. What is in your guys’ makeup that allows you to only have that really come out in these situations?

LEBRON JAMES: I don’t know. I don’t like it. (Laughter.) It causes too much stress, man. I’m stressed out. Keep doing this every year. But listen, at the end of the day we just got some resilient guys. The Warriors have championship DNA, and we do as well. We’re battle tested, they’re battle tested. And getting swept is something that you never want to have happen. Especially this point. You get all the way to the Finals, you hate to get swept, lose two games on your home floor. So I think a lot of guys had that in their mind today, and they came out and played like it.


Tonight’s game was so physical, and also dramatic. How do you guys make it to focus on basketball and not to be distracted and especially keep the lead?

LEBRON JAMES: At the end of the day the game is supposed to be played physically. Both teams were wanting to put themselves in the record books and put themselves in basketball history. So try to do whatever it takes to win. I think both teams definitely are trying to do that from game to game.

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