After a crushing Game Two defeat, Brown was singing an entirely different tune. (Yahoo)
“We have to decide if we are going to take the fight to them and take these games. Nothing is going to be given to us at all. Ain’t a [expletive] thing going to be given to us at all in this series. We have to come out and fight better than we did tonight. … If we expect to win this series, we have got to bring more of a sense of urgency.”
He was about out of breath. About.
“We are going to see what we are made of come Game 3.”
Meanwhile, Brown’s team was hardly taking the loss harshly.
Mo Williams, who had just gone 1-for-9 from the floor and watched opposing point guard Rajon Rondo dish 19 assists, emerged from the shower to find a gaggle of reporters waiting for him. He looked dumbfounded.
“Damn,” Williams said, with a smile. “What you all want?”
If Mo were me, I’m coming out of that shower with a scowl on my face. I’m mean-mugging the reporters and telling them I’m ready for Game Three. Either that, or I’m staying in the shower ’til all the reporters are gone, drinking that beer some guy threw on the floor to drown my sorrows. The LAST thing I’d be doing would be smiling. After going 1-9 in a game that breathed hope into the Boston Celtics? No chance I’m smiling. Not an effing chance.
But Williams’ most famous teammate took the loss the same nonchalant way.
Afterward, LeBron was asked if he was embarrassed or humiliated.
“I wouldn’t go that far,” he replied. “Those are pretty harsh words.”
He needs to find harsher ones. James said Brown wasn’t screaming at the team in the locker room and appeared surprised at his coach’s anger. Maybe Brown doesn’t feel comfortable lighting up his guys directly. That would be a problem. Maybe the players just missed his anger. That would be, too.
In the end, it shouldn’t matter. LeBron should’ve been the one demanding better directly.
“No one said it was going to be easy,” LeBron said. “The postseason isn’t easy. … That’s why I’m up here talking the way I’m talking. I know how the playoffs are.”
But apparently Lebron hasn’t learned his lesson. When he refused to shake hands after losing to the Magic last season, I thought he’d come back hellbent on destroying the competition. I thought he’d be breathing mother-f*cking fire this year. But he’s not.
So yeah, Lebron, you know how the playoffs are. But you’ve never won anything. You don’t know what a championship feels like. And, if you keep responding to losses like they were exhibition games, this season may not be your year.