“If it’s a change of mindset for myself, I have to do it.” So said King James after he lambasted the Bulls in Game 2, scoring 33 points in a 106-91 win where Cleveland established dominance early. The change of mindset? Sheer aggression. James reminded everyone he’s “never been a high-volume shooter.” But he said his teammates expected him to take command after the tough Game 1 loss.
James’s Game 2 total of 29 shots was the most he’d put up in the playoffs since 2009. (Hey, Bosh and Wade wanted to shoot too.) James made 13 of those 29 shots. It’s telling that a game like this for James is sort of an outlier. He averaged just 18.5 shots per game all season. The Game 2 victory called for a 50-plus percent increase in shot attempts, which worked. Will LeBron James’s “change of mindset” stick around, or is it temporary?