LeBron James: ‘I’m the last guy to ask’ about coming back in the playoffs

Sunday’s 98-80 loss to the Indiana Pacers put Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James in an 0-1 hole in the first round for the first time in his career.

But James projected confidence looking ahead to Game 2.

We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting, and they definitely … Like I told you guys, you always ask me, ‘Is there anything you can tell them [about the playoffs]?’ Listen, experience is the best teacher, and they got it today, James said. I think everybody is going to be a lot more calm and a lot more precise in what we want to do, too. So it’s definitely a feel-out game. We’ll see what they’re going to do.

The loss snapped a 21-game winning streak in the first round by James’ teams, dating to May 9, 2012, when the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their series.

Jordan Clarkson, making his playoff debut, was 2-for-6 from the field. Rodney Hood, making his first career playoff start, scored seven points on 3-for-7 shooting, but five of those points came in the fourth quarter with the game already out of hand.

Connolly, hoping to reach his intended target, retrieved another puck. He hit the glass, as if to say, It’s for her. The same guy caught it and gave it to the boy on the other side of her. Keelan didn’t know what to do. But Connolly did. He went back and got a third puck, pointed to her, and lofted it over the glass. The third time was the charm. The man finally gave the puck to Keelan, who was overjoyed.

The entire sequence was caught by NBC’s cameras and recapped by the broadcast team.

That father orchestrated that, because only the cute little girl was going to get it, the announcer said — apparently assuming that the man who had caught each puck was the children’s dad. He made sure all three of his kids got a puck.

Before the commentary, it was a cute moment. After the family dynamic was assumed, it went viral.

I know because I tweeted out the NHL’s footage on Monday morning at 9:43 a.m. Since then, the video has been retweeted more than 92,000 times, and has drawn more than 305,000 likes. I’ve tweeted more than 130,000 times since I joined Twitter in 2009 and this is the tweet that has had the most engagement.

LeBron James trade rumors: Cavaliers star won’t waive no-trade clause

LeBron James isn’t leaving Cleveland — at least not yet.

The Cavaliers star won’t waive his no-trade clause, according to Yahoo Sports, as other teams have apparently looked into the possibility.

James signed a three-year, $100 million deal following the Cavaliers’ 2016 championship win, but can opt out at season’s end. He still seems committed to at least one more run at a title with Cleveland.

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Additionally, his ability to make tough shots is a boon here. NBA offenses aren’t always capable of generating the perfect shot, so when things break down, having a player like Porter can be useful as the shot clock ticks.