NEW YORK — LeBron James will swimsuit up for the Cleveland Cavaliers towards the New York Knicks on Monday, marking Recreation No. 81 of 81 through which the star ahead may have performed this season.
Ought to he get by means of the sport with out a hitch, James will set himself as much as additionally play towards the Knicks in Wednesday’s regular-season finale and thus play in all 82 video games for the primary time in his 15-year profession.
“We’ll see how tonight goes,” James stated Monday morning. “I’ve been telling you that for the last four weeks. So my mindset is focus on tonight, and if I come out healthy, I’ll be available for Wednesday. That’s all that matters for me.”
As James gave his reply, he leaned over in his seat on the baseline at Madison Sq. Backyard and rapped his knuckles towards the courtroom, actually knocking on wooden.
There’s extra historical past on the road for James. With a victory Monday, the Cavs will clinch the Central Division title over the Indiana Pacers. It will be James’ 10th straight division title — he gained two within the Central with the Cavs in 2009-10 then 4 straight Southeast Division titles with the Miami Warmth, and this may be one other 4 straight in Cleveland — which is one thing that is by no means been executed earlier than by any participant.
“That’s pretty cool,” James stated when knowledgeable of the milestone. “I had no idea about that, but that’s pretty cool. To be able to be in a position where you kind of control a division, that’s a pretty unique thing to me. I definitely didn’t know that.”
As for Monday’s sport towards the Knicks, James had little curiosity in rehashing New York large man Enes Kanter‘s beef with him.
Again when the Cavs beat the Knicks on the Backyard in November, Kanter took a swipe at James after the sport, saying, “I don’t care who you are. What do you call yourself? King, queen, princess, whatever you are. We’re going to fight. Nobody out there is going to punk us.”
After the Cavs gave up 148 factors in a loss to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder — Kanter’s former crew — in January, the Knicks heart piped up on Twitter once more. Kanter is listed as uncertain for Monday’s sport due to his again.
“It doesn’t matter,” James stated when requested about the potential for Kanter taking part in. “It doesn’t matter. I didn’t think much of it. It doesn’t matter who is in the lineup for them. I’m trying to get our guys healthy, and I think we’re getting our point guards back today, so that’s what I’m excited about.”
James was requested if Cleveland’s roller-coaster common season, now mercifully getting into its remaining week, has ready the Cavs extra for a postseason run than a tamer season would have.
“No,” James stated. “Not really. I really don’t need much more. I always talk about how experience is the best teacher in life. I got enough experience. I don’t need much more to kind of set me up for what’s to come. I know what the playoffs is about. I know what the journey is about. I’ve been a part of it for so many years. The ups and downs. The great, the bad, the good and ugly and all that and anything in between. Whatever. So I know what it’s about, and I know what to expect.”