OAKLAND — LeBron James was cold-blooded with that shot.
James knew while headed down the court to size up the situation that he was going to end up taking a shot to get out of Oracle Arena with a victory right then and there.
“I was going for the win the whole time,” James said. “I just wanted to make sure either I made it with no time left or I missed it with no time left. That was my only mindset.”
And with that, the Warriors went into the All-Star break on a sour note. They were far from devastated after nearly staging a comeback win against the defending champs and going into the final possession feeling good about things. But James’ shot certainly changed some of the tone of how the first half should be viewed even as coach Mark Jackson was saying he was proud of his team.
The Warriors are 31-22 and mathematically in the eighth seed in the Western Conference after the loss. Co-owner Joe Lacob’s goal was a top-four finish, so we’ll see what the second half brings when it comes to the Warriors meeting his expectations.
“We feel we can be better,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “Obviously last year we were pretty happy with where we were. This year we feel like we let some games slip but still have a grip on where we’re trying to go.
“Morale is high…Confidence is high right now for us as a team.”
Andre Iguodala, the defender James beat on the final shot, said he was fine letting the reigning MVP have a difficult look and also revealed how the Warriors’ mindset would continue to embrace those high expectations.
“Hopefully, we see ‘em again,” Iguodala said, referring to a potential meeting in the NBA Finals. “That’s the plan.”