For perhaps the first time this postseason and certainly during the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James showed some signs of fatigue Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics took a 3-2 series lead with a 96-83 Game 5 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James' numbers were strong -- he scored 26 points with 10 rebounds and five assists on 11-of-22 shooting -- but his energy seemed to lag at times, and it might've contributed to his six turnovers.
"I had my moments," James said when asked if he was tired. "I think everybody at this point is tired or worn down."
James later dismissed the issue.
"I'm fine," he said. "I didn't mention fatigue, [the media] did."
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue altered his rotation to squeeze in extra rest for James at the end of the second quarter, which is unusual. Then Lue intended to have James start the fourth quarter after giving him some rest at the end of the third. But James wasn't ready to return to the game, and that left him and Kevin Love on the bench at the same time, which Lue wasn't expecting.