"LeBron sets the tone," Cavaliers forward Kevin Love admitted, adding that "it's been this way all season, and you can see it even more now."
Head coach David Blatt reiterated those thoughts, saying "there aren't many players in this league...well, maybe a few, with LeBron's talent and experience at this level. But it's not just about LeBron."
It isn't just about LeBron, of course. Love and Kyrie Irving will have to complement James' game throughout the playoffs, as they've done throughout the season. But they're newcomers to the playoff party, and Irving, who's played on the U.S. Men's National team and has been the All-Star Game MVP, admitted, two days before his postseason debut, that this is as big as it's ever been for him.
"This is the biggest game I've ever played," Irving said with a smile, referring to Sunday's playoff opener against the Celtics.
So how will Irving and Love handle the pressure?
"They're excited, but we don't know," James said. "We still have another day to prepare."
All business. It's the mindset the Cavaliers need, especially with the high expectations surrounding them. And it starts at the top, with the man who's been there and done it, many times.
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