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‘Is that velvet?’ LeBron James has fans talking again before Game 3 of the NBA Finals

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors lead the series 2-0.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors lead the series 2-0. The Associated Press

Maybe it was too cool in Cleveland to wear shorts. Or it could be LeBron James was hoping to change his team's luck heading in to Game 3.

Going away from the suit-and-shorts outfits he wore for Game 1 and Game 2 of the NBA Finals, James arrived at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday sporting a tan jacket with a purple and teal zip-up hoodie underneath, camouflage pants and purple basketball shoes.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">LeBron arrives for tonight’s <a href="https://twitter.com/cavs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Cavs</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBAFinals?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBAFinals</a> action in Cleveland! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhateverItTakes?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WhateverItTakes</a> <a href="https://t.co/DWIYbYVzi3">pic.twitter.com/DWIYbYVzi3</a></p>&mdash; NBA (@NBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1004487981774893058?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The Cavaliers have lost the first two games, but James' wardrobe didn't hurt his performance. He scored 51 points, his career playoff high, while shooting nearly 60 percent to go with eight rebounds and eight assists in Game 1. He just missed a triple-double in Game 2 (29 points, nine rebounds, 13 assists). However, he turned the ball over five times in each game.

While James' Game 3 outfit was colorful, Warriors guard Stephen Curry took a simple approach, with a denim jacket, white T-shirt and slim jeans.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chef ready to cook <a href="https://t.co/plBNNwYrzk">pic.twitter.com/plBNNwYrzk</a></p>&mdash; Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCSWarriors/status/1004493869369774080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Most Twitter followers (but not all) seemed to be a little nicer about James' wardrobe this time.

One person came with a classic line from Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America":

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">is that velvet </p>&mdash; girlonworld (@world_on_girl) <a href="https://twitter.com/world_on_girl/status/1004492858512961536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Another thinks James is copying a comic book character:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">LeBron James those are Gambit&#39;s clothes <a href="https://t.co/QVvqYGjapP">pic.twitter.com/QVvqYGjapP</a></p>&mdash; Daniel Kibblesmith (@kibblesmith) <a href="https://twitter.com/kibblesmith/status/1004488101383819265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Do Charlotte Hornets fans have reason to be excited?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">And here we have Lebron James wearing the colors of his future team <a href="https://t.co/Gl2kboTkqM">https://t.co/Gl2kboTkqM</a></p>&mdash; At The Hive (@At_The_Hive) <a href="https://twitter.com/At_The_Hive/status/1004494870105468929?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Does this color scheme mean LeBron James is going to the Charlotte Hornets this summer? <a href="https://t.co/iPHnMIgQym">https://t.co/iPHnMIgQym</a></p>&mdash; Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewDBailey/status/1004502123277529088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Maybe it's peanut butter jelly time?:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"> <a href="https://t.co/Ag19r6rxxj">pic.twitter.com/Ag19r6rxxj</a></p>&mdash; .bord (@Gilbert_Table) <a href="https://twitter.com/Gilbert_Table/status/1004491980536025088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Here are the best of the rest:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/KingJames?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KingJames</a> in Purple Suede AZG’s <br><br> <a href="https://twitter.com/NBA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NBA</a> <a href="https://t.co/kfmBuFl436">pic.twitter.com/kfmBuFl436</a></p>&mdash; J23 iPhone App (@J23app) <a href="https://twitter.com/J23app/status/1004490620927381505?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NO SUITS?!!! YESS LETS GO!</p>&mdash; Ryan T (@Ryan_teodora13) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ryan_teodora13/status/1004490955142107141?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"> <a href="https://t.co/kAPNfme3EB">pic.twitter.com/kAPNfme3EB</a></p>&mdash; will beyer (@wpbeyer) <a href="https://twitter.com/wpbeyer/status/1004493519447195649?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"> <a href="https://t.co/l6fLaY2bde">pic.twitter.com/l6fLaY2bde</a></p>&mdash; NɪᴋᴇCLE (@NikeCLE) <a href="https://twitter.com/NikeCLE/status/1004490803614380032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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