After getting embarrassed on their home court by the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James puts the Cavs on notice following the 34-point loss to the defending NBA Champions.
"When I talk about us playing at a championship level, that doesn't automatically guarantee us playing until June," James told CBS Sports on Wednesday. "It's all about the habits; I preach the habits more than anything. For me to look and say that we're going to represent the East in the Finals would be absurd. I don't really talk like that. That's not what I'm about."
"I think we're a good team," he said. "But I don't think we're a great team right now. We've got to continue to get better. I really think it's absurd to think about May and June; it's not guaranteed, man. If we continue to win and put ourselves in position and we do make the playoffs, then we give ourselves a chance. ... But that doesn't guarantee you anything. One shot here, one shot there, a turnover here, a turnover there, can change a series. So for me, to focus on down that road when tomorrow isn't promised, I think, is absurd."
The Cavaliers remain on top of the Eastern Conference with a 28-11 record. Last year at this time, the Cavaliers were 19-20, and still made it to the NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers are looking to bounce back on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets after losing to the Warriors 132-98 on Monday night.
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