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LeBron James is cutting out technology to focus on the playoffs

LeBron-James-HeatLeBron James knows how important this postseason is for his legacy. Winning the first ring of his career was a major milestone, but NBA legends win multiple championships. In many ways, winning a second ring would be just as important as winning a first for LeBron. That’s why he’s sticking with what works.

Like last year, LeBron has decided to give up his cell phone for the duration of the playoffs. He joked with TNT’s Craig Sager and asked him if he could use his cell phone after the Miami Heat’s Game 2 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. It also appears LeBron has once again given up Twitter, with his last tweet reading “Zero Dark Thirty-6 Activated! I’m gone” the day before Miami’s first playoff game.

LeBron is doing all that he can to remain focused on winning another ring, but that can’t be easy in a generation that relies so heavily on technology. There is still some free time with how spread out some of these playoff series are, so how does the King keep himself occupied?

“Just read a little more than I did during the regular season,” James said, via FOX Sports Florida’s Chris Tomasson. “Not much sports talk radio. I watch the playoffs. I watch cartoons with my kids. I watch movies with the family but not much of what sports (broadcasters) are talking about.”

If LeBron needs to get a message, certain people get in touch with him through his trainer. After the way he performed in the 2012 postseason, he’d be stupid to change up his routine for the playoffs this year.

Chris Paul nails game-winning shot at buzzer for Clippers (Video)

Chris Paul winnerHaving Chris Paul on your roster is the difference between winning and losing games like this. CP3 led the Clippers with 24 points and nine assists, and he took over in the final minutes to lead Los Angeles to a 93-91 win in Game 2 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

Paul got the ball with seven seconds left on the team’s final possession. He was being guarded by the notoriously difficult defender Tony Allen by the top of the circle. He made a move to the basket, pushed off Allen, and then threw up a shot despite Allen and Darrell Arthur putting hands in his face. Somehow the difficult shot went off the glass at the buzzer to win the game.

In addition to the winning shot, Paul broke an 89-89 tie a minute earlier with another difficult shot, and he made jumpers on previous possessions to increase the Clippers’ lead. In all, CP3 accounted for the Clippers’ final eight points.

CP3 is known for being an excellent distributor, but his greatest asset is knowing what he needs to do to help his team win. On Monday, he realized his team needed him to score and he delivered. What a game. And based on the way Game 2 went, would anyone be surprised if Memphis evened the series at home?

The best part of Paul’s winning shot was his reaction. While everyone was celebrating like they had won the series, Paul seemed to shrug it off as if he knew the team still had many more difficult games ahead. How can you not love the focus?

NBA referee David Guthrie trips over Tony Allen (Video)

NBA referee David Guthrie took a spill during the third quarter of Game 2 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night at Staples Center. Guthrie was backing up and did not notice Grizzlies guard Tony Allen sitting on the ground behind him. He tripped over and fell, but luckily he was not injured.

Blake Griffin did not receive the foul call he was looking for on the play and seemed to point at Guthrie as a way of saying the ref’s fall was karma for not calling a foul.

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