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LeBron James on Game 3: "We got to protect home"

Game 3 and 4 are at Quicken Loans Arena and the Cavaliers need to win at home if they are going to give themselves a chance in the series

CLEVELAND--Take heart, Cavs fans.

The Cavaliers have won two playoff series after they lost the first two games of the series--both with LeBron James. In 2007, the Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons after losing the first two games and then in the 2016 NBA Finals against the Warriors.

However, James was asked if the dynamic is different with the Warriors having Kevin Durant this season.

"No, it doesn't change anything," James said. "We got to protect home. It starts (Wednesday). One game at a time, one possession at a time and cleaning up on some of the miscues that we have had in the first couple games and not have as many."

James was asked if he's frustrated being in the same situation as a year ago.

"Well, I wouldn't say frustrated," he said. "Just you never want to be down 2-0 in a series against anybody.So we had some things that we need to do better obviously, from Game 1 and Game 2 to get Game 3, and we look forward to the challenge once again.

"We know it's a tall challenge for us, but it's a great moment to be a part of, so we look forward to what (Wednesday) brings."

James has always said that he's always had to take the hard path.

"Yeah, it's something I am accustomed to," James said. "It's something that I feel like is--that it's okay for me to kind of always takes a mental toll on you. But how can you refocus your mind, how can you refuel it to understand that at the end of the day it is a series.

"So you got to try to focus on the next game and focus on your job and what you can do to help your team be successful going into the following game."

Tip Ins

*LeBron James (311) needs five assists to pass Bill Russell (315) for third place on the all-time Finals list. Magic Johnson is the career leader with 584 Finals assists, followed by Bob Cousy with 400.

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