He did none of that in Game 1.
Multiple sources told cleveland.com that James was upset over having to wait for the Warriors to finish talking after Game 1.
He wasn't particularly impactful on either end in Game 1 finishing with zero points, four rebounds and a minus-13.
OAKLAND-Tristan Thompson took but a split second to offer a rather blunt assessment of his play in Game 1 of the National Basketball Association final.
Thompson himself will take that tradeoff.
That's the plan for the defending champions Sunday night and will be key if they want to even the best-of-seven series and look respectable after the Warriors whipped them 113-91 Thursday night.
His shooting slump goes back to the San Antonio series, and even beyond. The Cavaliers aren't going to beat the Warriors under any scenario where Durant is getting a half-dozen untouched dunks per game. The best way to understand it is to look at his shot chart from the last five games.
It was part of a theme - Golden State knows it has not taken Cleveland's best shot. Nobody with the team is buying that. Check out the latest National Basketball Association news and rumors from the Finals below. It's like a hitter with a great swing, they're gonna start hitting. Players appreciate him, the staff does, I certainly do.
Thompson is doing just that.
One can also assume that will change in Game 2.
"I mean, you take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled previous year, that we saw in the regular season and the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out", James said. "We just play physical". "Are we giving up runs at the basket?'" 'Are we giving up 3s?
"If he's not making shots, he's still a respected shooter and nobody's going to give him open shots if he starts to miss", Durant said.
During the playoffs, each team's coach and at least one star player takes questions in an interview room at a podium, and the session is broadcast by the NBA's TV partner. "We expect them to play better". They got one guy who keeps kicking people in the nuts. Then our ball movement and our flow allows everyone else to get baskets as well.
"We have to stop the ball first and foremost", said Cleveland's Kevin Love, whose 21 rebounds in Game 1 were a franchise postseason record. But we've still got a long way to go. He is capable of insane numbers.
"Kevin's a competitor", Green said. "His personality is to hold himself to a high standard, he's kind of a perfectionist, but at the same time his perfection is he wants to play well for his teammates... his demeanor is he just wants to win, but he wants to do well, everyobody does".
"There's a lot of different footwork drills and stuff that I've never done before, that he has learned along the way. that I just sit and watch and I try, from time to time, just to kind of shock your body a little bit and see if you can do it and how it may help you", Curry said when asked what he has picked up from Durant. "That's something that I imagine Ty probably talked about [with the media] and we can definitely do a better job of".
"Well, it is easy to overlook my shooting woes when we have been winning like this", Thompson said. So day one, when I came in, I see his work after practice, after shootarounds and how regimented it is.