LeBron no more at ease after last year's title: 'I still can't sleep'

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LeBron James is in the midst of possibly the finest postseason of a career chock-full of epic postseason performances, and he's made it look like a breeze.

His Cleveland Cavaliers have ruthlessly dispatched the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors, and are up 1-0 in their conference final against the Boston Celtics. They're 9-0 in the playoffs so far, and James is averaging 34.8 points, nine rebounds, 7.1 assists, 2.1 steals, and 1.3 blocks, while shooting 56 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from 3-point range. His dominance has, at times, been almost disrespectfully casual.

If you were inclined to think that casual dominance means James is feeling at ease - now that he's already ended Cleveland's title drought in the most extraordinary possible fashion, and, by his own admission, has nothing left to prove - well, you'd be wrong.

"No," James told reporters Friday, according to James Herbert of CBS Sports. "You can ask somebody else that. But no, not for me. I still can't sleep."

Perhaps it's the Cavs' likely Finals opponent - for what would be the third straight year - that's keeping him up at night. The Golden State Warriors are making equally minced meat of the Western Conference field, riding their own 10-0 playoff run to within two games of a probable Finals rubber match against the Cavs.

James should probably try get some rest before then.