Miami Heat fans have no fear, LeBron James' headband will be back in time for Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
The Heat forward pulled a triple-double performance in Tuesday night's dramatic overtime win (103-100) over the San Antonio Spurs, a feat that was accomplished without the help of his trusty headband. The Spurs' Tim Duncan knocked James' headband off following a dunk in the fourth quarter.
James immediately jumped back on defense, saying he was too focused on breaking the Spurs 10-point lead than finding the missing headpiece. He still managed to score 12 of his game-high 32 points without it, ruling the court for the rest of the game.
With stats such as shooting 45 percent sans headband, the change sparked a debate online if he should start the next game without it.
When asked if he'd ditch the headband for Game 7, the New York Times reports James said he'll stick to tradition.
“I’ll probably start off with it, man,” he said. “A little superstitious. If it gets knocked off, then me and him will have a discussion if he will return.”
He added that the last time he played without his headband, he "didn't play too well."
The game was in 2003 against the Detroit Pistons in the preseason of his rookie year.
Though some of his teammates joked that maybe the Spurs didn't recognize him after he lost the headband, Heats guard Dwyane Wade says James' amazing performance all came down to his focus.
“I was confused,” Wade said. “I was like, ‘What is going on?’ He was just in that moment. He just said, ‘Listen, it doesn’t matter.’ I think he said he might have came out of his jersey if he had to. I don’t think the NBA would have liked it. He was about doing whatever it took. And I’m sure when we get in that moment again, he’s going to do whatever it takes again.”
Speaking on preparing for Game 7, James told Yahoo that after spending a little time with family Wednesday night, the only topic on his mind will be Thursday night's game.
"I understand the moment for me," James said. "I've been pretty relaxed, though. I've been pretty relaxed throughout the playoffs. I'm going to be antsy, I'm going to be excited. I'm going to have some butterflies. I'll be nervous – everything. That's how I should be.
"The moment is going to be grand. I'm happy to be a part of it."