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If LeBron sleeps, he’ll dream Game 7
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 19, 2013 @ 11:38 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — LeBron James had his Wednesday night planned, except for sleep, which may or not have been a part of it. The anticipation of a Game 7 in the NBA Finals might not induce proper rest.
“If I get any sleep, (Game 7) will be played in my head,” James said. “It’s just who I am, how I am. But I won’t be too serious. I won’t go into a bunker when I get back home.
“It’s going to be lighthearted. I’m going to spend a lot of time tonight with my friends and family, like I always do the night before a game. We’re going to laugh and joke about things that have happened in the past.
“My two boys are here. So they’re not going to let me be too serious. They’re going to make me watch SpongeBob (SquarePants) or something at 9.”
How emotions — positive or negative — simmer and influence players is not easy to predict.
Following the Heat’s dramatic, come-from-behind 103-100 overtime victory against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 Tuesday and headed into Thursday’s Game 7 — the cliffhanger to a wild, fun and exciting Finals — the Heat seemed relieved and thrilled to have one more game.
“It’s kind of like you have a second chance on life. You’re not going to waste it. We were revived. We were dead, and we brought ourselves back to life,” Heat forward Shane Battier said. “And we’re happy to be in the situation. We know we still have a lot more work to do, that just to be here, we’re going to play I think the best basketball we’ve ever played together (Thursday).”
The Spurs seem dejected about the loss and struggling to find a way to bounce back.
“I’m still down,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. “A blow like that, it’s not easy to get back up. But after 12 hours now, I feel a little better, knowing that we have another chance that we can do so many things better and that we are in a Game 7 of the NBA Finals. There’s not much more than that.”
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