Less than a month after Kyle Korver’s younger brother Kirk died from a sudden illness at the age of 27, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard finds himself in the midst of a playoff run while managing a heavy heart and a persistent foot injury that hasn’t allowed him to play up to his standards.
It’s been a hard month, Korver said after Cavs practice on Tuesday. You come back from dealing with death in the family and you hold that in one hand and you hold the playoffs here in another hand, and it’s interesting to kind of balance both of those at the same time and try to get yourself ready to play basketball, and I’ve been hurt.
I have strong faith and I have strong family, Korver said when asked how he has been able to get through it all. I’ve got a great wife so I can process things and talk about things and be encouraged about things…. The grieving process is like, What is good? What is good? You know that you don’t cry when you think about your brother? Is that good? I don’t think that’s good….
I feel like I’m trying to go through all the emotions and stages and waves that people tell me about. I understand that this is part of life and when you go through something like this, it’s amazing how many people come up to you and talk about their own stories that they’ve had — there have been so many. They’re hard and they’re hard to hear, but it’s also very comforting to know that you’re going through this with a lot of people and a lot of people care about you.
Elite Youth Jackie Bradley Jr Jersey It was the 1,362nd game of James’ career — regular season and playoffs combined — and the most points he has ever scored in the first five minutes of a game, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information.
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If that weren’t impressive enough compared to his lofty standards, James’ 16 points in the first six minutes were the most by any player in the first six minutes of a playoff Pierre Turgeon Jersey game in the last 20 seasons. He finished with 46 points, his 20th career postseason game with at least 40, tying him with Jerry West for the second-most ever, behind only Michael Jordan (38).
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who did his part to incite change from Game 1 by swapping JR Smith and Kyle Korver into the starting lineup in place of Rodney Hood and Jeff Green, also implored James to adjust his approach to Game 2.