"I was attacking anyone in the way, no matter who it was. There's always a sense of urgency when you are on the brink of elimination."
--LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, following a 112 to 102 victory in a must-win game five against the Orlando Magic in the NBA playoffs.
James, in a well-rounded, versatile fashion, had 37 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.
"The mood is win or go home. It's simple at this point," James, the regular season MVP, said in his pre-game press conference. "I have a lot of faith in my teammates. Hopefully, they accept the challenge."
"Some star players just put their head down and attack the basket. They put blinders on. But he sees the whole floor, he's aware of what's going on out there, and he can pass over defenders. That's what makes him who he is."
--Ben Wallace, Cleveland Cavaliers' center, talking about LeBron James' vision on the court.
"His intensity and his passion are out of this world. We will follow him. When he gets it going, there is nothing you can do."
--Daniel Gibson, Cavaliers' guard, pointing out James' leadership.
"I don't care what the numbers are. I'll never waver from the trust I have in those guys."
--Mike Brown, Cleveland head coach, expressing his trust in the entire team.
The Cavaliers are still down three games to two to the Orlando Magic. They must continue to display teamwork, leadership, and the intensity they had in game 5 to force a game seven, win and advance to the NBA finals.
Excerpts from ESPN.com (May 29, 2009)
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