Cavaliers star LeBron James, who memorably ripped his sleeved jersey earlier in the year, is the reason the Cavaliers wore them in Game 5, Cleveland.com’s Chris Haynes reports.
According to J.R. Smith, the team wore the uniforms because they “symbolize pride.”
Back in 2014, James blamed a 6-for-18 shooting performance against the Spurs on his sleeves, saying “I already don’t have much room for error on my jumpers.”
James went for 41 points on 16-of-30 shooting in a 112–97 win over the Warriors on Monday night. In sleeved jerseys this year, LeBron is now 6–0 with an average of 32.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game on 54.2% shooting.
The Cavaliers do not own sleeved jerseys in white, but could opt to wear them again should they force a Game 7 in Oakland, Calif.
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