LeBron once again showcased his photographic memory recalling all 6 of his turnovers in exact detail

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Boston Celtics 96-83 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday, putting the Cavaliers just one loss away from playoff elimination.
  • After the game, LeBron James once again showed off his impressive memory, this time going through each of his six turnovers on the night and explaining what went wrong.
  • James' memory has been something of a phenomenon this series after he correctly recalled the opening stretch of the fourth quarter of Game 1.


LeBron James showed off his photographic memory once again on Wednesday night, recalling in detail each of his six turnovers in Game 5 against the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers came up short in the game, falling to the Celtics, 96-83, to give Boston a 3-2 series lead and put the Cavs on the brink of elimination. But as James made clear after the game, he was quite aware of the missteps he made throughout the game.

Responding to a question from one reporter, James quickly began to break down each time he turned the ball over, and what happened on each play.

"I had two turnovers where I felt they were just, really bad," James said. "My first turnover, I tried to, I saw something happening, and Marcus Morris did a great job of reading it. Threw it up ahead to Kev, he picked it off."

"My second turnover, I went baseline, lost my footing on Marcus Morris, another turnover. A couple of them, one in transition to Jeff Green, I thought I put it on his hands, and he kind of fumbled it. Wish I could have that one back, I’d maybe bounce-pass that one."

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts to a call in the first half against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 23, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 21: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a dunk in the second quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 21, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 23: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics reacts after making a three point basket in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Five of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 23, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
May 23, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love (0) and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reach for a rebound during the first quarter of game five of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
May 23, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) attempts a layup in front of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the third quarter of game five of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Aron Baynes #46 of the Boston Celtics in the second half during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics in the first half during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the ball against Marcus Morris #13 of the Boston Celtics in the first half during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics and JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers get into an altercation in the second half during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: LeBron James #23 and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react on the bench in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics reacts after dunking the ball in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers attempts a shot past Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics during the second quarter in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket past Kevin Love #0 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
May 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to not getting a foul called during the third quarter of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) attempts a layup against the Boston Celtics during the third quarter in game one of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is guarded by Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first quarter of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts from the bench late in the fourth quarter in his teams loss to the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Boston Celtics Al Horford hauls in an offensive rebound with pressure from Cleveland Cavaliers George Hill during third quarter action. The Boston Celtics hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Final Playoff series at TD Garden in Boston on May 13, 2018. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: JR Smith #5 and Jordan Clarkson #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react to their teams loss to the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Impressively, he goes on like this for another minute. At one point, James stops himself after realizing he might be using language a bit too "Inside Basketball" for others to follow.

"I had a post-up on Terry Rozier, they came in painting from the bottom side — painting means they double from the baseline, sorry guys — and Jayson Tatum got his hands on them. I had a guy wide open. I should've faked high and thrown it low."

You can watch the entirety of the James' response below.

James insanely precise basketball recall has become something of a regular story since he began revealing it to reporters after games. Last year, he sent jaws dropping as he recited a random play from memory as if he had just watched the replay.

This season, he brought his recall to a new level, breaking down every movement of the ball during the 7-0 run the Celtics had to open the fourth quarter of Game 1. Somehow, James can track not only himself, but also the ball and all nine other players on the court simultaneously, and has instant access to all of the files that get stored in his hard drive.

The Cavaliers face elimination in Game 6 as the series head back to Cleveland — should James fall short of making it to his eighth straight NBA Finals, there's no doubt he'll be able to explain what went wrong.

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