LeBron: We’re Being Written Off; We’ll Be Ready

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(Cleveland Cavaliers) LeBron James: “(I) understand that we were the underdog coming into the series, and with Kyrie being out, people are writing us off. So, I mean, that’s fine. That’s fine. I’m motivated to get our guys ready to go tomorrow (for Game 2), and we will be ready.”

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” James said. “Obviously, we’ve been in this situation, but we always knew at some point he’ll come back. Now that he’s out for the rest of the Finals and out for a period of a long time, first of all, it sucks for him personally. It’s a huge blow for our team, especially at this stage.

“You want to try to be as close to full strength as possible throughout these games, especially when you’re going against a worthy opponent like we’re facing. So it’s a tough situation for our team, and guys have to pick up in his absence.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN