While most of the sports world was shocked when the Chicago Bulls marched in to Miami and upset the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Miami Heat star LeBron James didn’t seemed as surprised with the outcome of the game.
Following the Heat’s loss, James shared his thoughts on the team’s performance and he didn’t appear to be too concerned with how things have begun this series.
“I’m not stunned,” James said after the game 1 loss, via the Associated Press. “This is what the playoffs is all about. We’re going against a really good team.”
To be fair to James, the Heat were coming off of a layoff of more than a week while the Bulls were riding the momentum of a Game 7 win over the Brooklyn Nets. As you could see from Miami’s 5-of-19 performance from the field in the first-quarter, they certainly had some rust to shake off.
You can’t ignore those facts, but Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra was not ready for excuses.
“There’s no excuses,” said Spoelstra. “We’re not making any excuses for time off or anything else.”
If it was the layoff and some rust that the team needed to shake off, then we should expect Miami to come out firing on all cylinders in Game 2. If not, then we could see Chicago once again surprising the sports world — even King James.