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Ty Lue admits LeBron James looked tired in Game 5, James says he's 'fine'

Sara Civian
May 24, 2018 - 12:44 am

The narrative was beat to death throughout the Celtics’ Game 5 win over the Cavs, but that didn’t make it less true: LeBron James looked exhausted.

It’s not a great omen when one of the (maybe) two players who consistently perform for your team is tired. Even Cavs coach Ty Lue admitted it after the game.

“He looked a little tired to me, yes,” he said. “You’ve got to be ready to play now. No concerns.”

James couldn’t lie about it, either.

“I had my moments, but I think everyone at this point is tired, worn down or whatever the case may be. I was still trying to make plays,” he said. “...I’m fine. And I didn’t mention the fatigue, one of you guys did. I’m fine.”

Drained as he might’ve been in his "moments," it’s not the only reason the Celtics are one win away from the NBA finals. You can pin most of that on Jayson Tatum’s ninth 20+ point game this postseason (24 pts) and Al Horford’s double-double (15 pts, 12 rebounds).

Knowing James, he’ll come out for Game 6 looking like the most vibrantly awake human being alive and we won’t have to discuss this again.


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