The two-time MVP’s body language wasn’t good.
And since LeBron James is their leader, the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers were just as lifeless.
Now they’re a loss away from seeing championship aspirations expire after losing Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, 120-88, to the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena.
If the Celtics close out the Cavaliers in Thursday’s Game 6 in Boston, the sellout crowd of 20,562 may have watched James play his last game for Cleveland in Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night.
They didn’t see his best effort.
In fact, it may have been the worst playoff performance of his splendid 7-year NBA career.
James had just 15 points, shooting a woeful 3-of-14 from the field. He only attempted four shots in the first half, missed them all and the electric energy that typically radiates off him was barely pulsating.
By the fourth quarter when James missed a free throw with 10:31 in the game, sprinkle of boos came from the stands.
James wasn’t the only who didn’t bring it Tuesday night.