After cramping and crumbling during Game 1 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James took a different approach in his preparation for Game 2.
Here’s an overview of LeBron’s weekend, courtesy of Associated Press basketball writer Tim Reynolds:
“Without anyone else with him — no security, no friends, nobody, and that almost never happens — James quietly showed up at a theater a couple miles from where the Miami Heat were staying for a 5:40 p.m. showing Saturday of ‘Maleficent.’ And it’s also why he and his regular massage therapist joined two strangers for a yoga class at 8 a.m. Sunday, where he focused on his breathing.”
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The Heat star told the AP that his unorthodox routine was a way for him to “get everything right” — both physically and mentally — after being confined to the bench for the final minutes of Miami’s 110-95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs last Thursday.
It must have done the trick. James poured in 35 points — his second-highest total of the playoffs — and 10 rebounds to lead the Heat to a series-evening, 98-96 win Sunday night in Game 2.
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