LeBron James said Warriors were ‘f***** up mentally’ after Game 6 loss in 2016 Finals
Via ESPN, locker room footage revealed a confident Cavs team led by James, who shared his observations:
.@KingJames called it like he saw it after Game 6 of the 2016 Finals.
— ESPN (@espn) January 2, 2019
To recall, the Cavaliers were down 3-1 at one point in the series against a 73-win Warriors team — an NBA record. Yet by some stroke of luck coupled with James’ basketball genius, the wine and gold stormed back to tie the series before winning Game 7 to claim the trophy.
In Game 6, James scored a game-high 41 points, and he also notched 11 assists and eight rebounds. It was his second straight 40-point game at that point. In Game 5, he and Kyrie Irving dropped 41 points apiece on the Warriors.
James’ little speech boosted his teammates’ confidence and offered a real picture of their foes’ mindset at that point. He knew that the Warriors had everything to lose because if they didn’t win it all, their historic regular-season campaign would be put to waste.
Aware of these realities, LeBron James and the Cavs took advantage. And we all know what happened in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, with LeBron coming up with his huge block down the stretch, followed by Irving’s game-winning 3-pointer to win the title.