Cleveland and Miami each hold respective 1-0 series leads, and LeBron James admits that he’s been letting his mind daydream about a potential Eastern Conference Finals matchup with his good buddy Dwyane Wade.
LeBron says thought of facing Miami in playoffs has crossed his mind. He has always wanted to face Wade in postseason. #Cavs
— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) May 4, 2016
There’s a long way to go, of course, before the Cavs and Heat need to start worrying about facing one another for a trip to the championship round.
Per the AP:
“Naturally, of course,” he said following shootaround Wednesday as the Cavs prepared for Game 2 with the Hawks. “That’s since I’ve came back. It’d be great to play against those guys in the postseason. Throughout my whole career, I’ve always wanted to go against Wade in a playoff series. We’ve always talked about it even before we became teammates in ’10.”
James, who led the Cavs to a win 104-93 win over Atlanta in Game 1, said watching Wade in the playoffs has been inspirational. Wade brought the Heat back from a 3-2 deficit to eliminate Charlotte in the first round and scored 24 points to lead Miami to an overtime win in its opener with the Raptors.
“Anytime one of my best friends is able to go out there and perform the way he performs, it’s definitely motivating,” James said. “I was looking forward to Game 1 after watching him in Game 6, you know, the way he was able to close that game out. They all gritted last night. Not only Miami, but Toronto. It was a slugfest watching that game and they were able to pull it out as well.”