SAN ANTONIO — It would have taken Dr. Phil McGraw to give an accurate assessment of why LeBron James was in such a cheery mood Wednesday following one of the worst games of his postseason career.
He broke more than one smile, called reporters by their first names, and said “bless you” when another reporter sneezed. He was confident, calm, and at peace. He promised atonement, giving off that eerily similar aura that he did just before Game 6 of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics. On that night he single-handedly dismembered the Celtics with an expressionless face, as if saying, “You guys made it come to this.”