Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — LeBron James and the Cavaliers are responding to Pistons’ Stanley Johnson’s comments, by well, not responding.
The Detroit rookie claimed he was “definitely” in James’ head Wednesday, but James did not appear to be affected by the supposed psychological warfare on Friday.
“No [response],” James said of Johnson’s remarks. “My only mindset right now is how I can help this team get a Game 3 victory playing in a hostile building that I’ve played many series in before. So that’s what my focus is.”
Johnson seemed to downplay his comments on Friday, according to ESPN.
“I think my comments, it wasn’t really an outburst,” Johnson said after Friday’s shootaround. “I just think, at this point in time right now, it’s all about Game 3. What I said before really doesn’t matter. It’s in the past. We’ve got to control what we can control now. That’s it.”
When pressed about whether Johnson was trying to use James’ fame to make a name for himself, James again brushed off Johnson’s comments.
“For me, at the end of the day, I can control what I can control, and that’s how I go out and play the game,” James said. “There’s always going to be conversation outside of the four lines, and how much you can indulge into it can take away your focus from what the main thing is. I know what the main object is here, and that’s to be the leader of this team and get these guys ready for a very high-intense game tonight and moving forward. So, I don’t get caught up into anything.”
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