LeBron James had a very bad game in the Miami Heat's Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night, shooting just 5 of 15 for 15 points. That game was three days ago. Now, James has made clear to reporters that he was battling a cold then and is still struggling with it prior to Wednesday's Game 2.
With temperatures in the 50s, unseasonable even for Chicago, since the Heat's arrival, James said he has been dealing with a cold even prior to Sunday's 103-82 Game 1 loss. He shot an uncharacteristic 5 of 15 in that game, for 15 points,
"I'm taking everything you can get from 7-Eleven," he told reporters Wednesday morning. "I've been sick since we got here."
James spoke in a "nasal tone" at Wednesday's shootaround, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. It seems hard to believe that he would be dramatically affected in Game 2, but you never know, I guess.