“I won’t regret Game 7,” James said.
There may not have been another sentiment the Miami Heat would have preferred hearing more as it prepares to host the Boston Celtics tonight.
James is coming off a season-saving 45-point, 15-rebound, five-assist effort to force Game 7. The winner will head to Oklahoma City to start the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, and the loser heads into an off-season of decided uncertainty.
“Win, lose or draw, I’m going to go in with the mind-set like I’ve had this whole season,” James said. “And you know, we’ll see what happens.”
For the Heat, it’s a chance to play for the ring it couldn’t win last year in the opening act of the Big Three era. For the Celtics, it’s probably one last chance for their current core to reach the NBA’s mountaintop.
“This team has been about adversity all year long, you know, so this is not going to be nothing new,” Celtics forward Paul Pierce said. “It’s been tough for us all year long to get to the point where we would be at, and why wouldn’t it be tough now? Winning is hard. Trying to get to the Finals is hard. And this is as hard as it gets. And I think we are prepared for it.”
It’s the 111th time a best-of-seven NBA series has gone the distance. Home teams are 88-22 in the previous matchups.