Even after a humiliating playoff loss, LeBron James remains steadfast in his focus being on the present, not the future.
After he and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates were lambasted by the Indiana Pacers 121-87 in Game 6 on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, James refused to look past only what's directly in front of him.
When asked by a reporter if he will think between now and Sunday's Game 7 (1 p.m., ABC) possibly being his last home game in Cleveland, James refused to take the bait.
He has a $35.6 million player option for next season that he is expected to decline and become an unrestricted free agent for the third time in his career.
"No. The thought that if we don't play well, it will be my last game of the year," he said. "That will probably hit my mind. But no, I haven't thought about that."
Having led the Cavaliers to a thrilling Game 7 conquest of the Golden State Warriors in 2016 at Oracle Arena, James knows how special opportunities such as Sunday are special, even as he faces first-round elimination for the first time in his career.
"Win or go home," he said. "It's just that simple."
Sunday's game will be the seventh Game 7 of James' illustrious 15-season NBA career.
In the first six, he's averaged 33.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists, shooting 46 percent from the field in 45.8 minutes.
James' teams are 4-2 in those games.
These are the times the great players crave.
"It's just the love of the game and wanting to be remembered," James said. "Game 7, I always said, is the two greatest words in sports. ... Us having a Game 7 on our floor, our fans are going to be truly excited to be a part of that. And hope our guys are excited about that as well, and understand that just don't take those moments for granted.
"I've been a part of Game 7s for quite a while now and it's just something that you wish you can get back and when you're done playing the game."