LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are throttling the Atlanta Hawks, taking a 3-0 series lead after last night’s comeback but ESPN’s Brian Windhorst thinks the reason the future Hall of Famer spoke this week of a potential matchup with Miami was because he sensed some “trepidation” from his teammates.

“I do get the sense that there is some trepidation because the Cavs have struggled against the Heat and in Miami,” Windhorst said on the Jason Gibbs Show on ESPN Cleveland.

“I think the reason LeBron talked about [the Heat] is because he senses that that there is even maybe this unsteadiness within the team because a lot of guys on the team — like Kyrie has never won a game in Miami in his career. I think LeBron wanted to set the tone, like listen not only are we not afraid of the Heat but I’m looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile Gibbs asked Windhorst if he thought a reason for LeBron talking about the potential clash with Miami was to fire up the Raptors in an effort to avoid his former team.

Before we go full-swing with this Cavs-Heat craziness, Miami needs to take care of the Raptors at home, starting with Game 3 tonight.