LeBron has done it yet again. Last night was one of the greatest performances I have ever seen by a player. Funny enough many of the performances on my list would be by LeBron. To me, he is the greatest player of all time, you can all have your opinions on that, but there is no denying his greatness.
After a season where LeBron played the most minutes (regular season and playoffs), and played all 82 games for the first time in his career, in his 100th straight game he absolutely took over. The Cavs won 87-79 and he finished with 35 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists, shot 50% and played all 48 minutes. He also had 2 blocks including 1 huge block on “Scary Terry” (who was truly terrifying last night shooting a whopping 0-10 from three point range.) He was scoring with ease in a variety of ways, out muscling everyone in the post, hitting three three-pointers, blowing by people with ease, I could keep going but you get the point; he couldn’t be stopped.
“I thought it was an outstanding defensive game. And, again, he still had 35, 15 and 9. It’s a joke.” – Brad Stevens
Last night he finally wasn’t alone, Jeff Green showed up and played a good game posting 19 pints and hitting 2 big threes. JR Smith also contributed scoring 12 points on 3 threes. Tristian Thompson also had an alright game grabbing 9 boards.
LeBron is on his way to his 8th straight Finals appearance. Let that sink in, 8 straight. After this series, teams down 2-0 in a playoff series are now 20-281. LeBron himself is responsible for three of those 20 wins (2007 ECF vs DET, 2016 Finals vs GS, and 2018 ECF vs BOS.) LeBron also joins AI & Jordan as the only three players to average 30+ points in three straight rounds on the way to the Finals. The last time LeBron was not in the finals 78% of the current players in the league, hadn’t played a single game. Also we can all agree, this team he is dragging to the Finals is not very good. On paper they shouldn’t be too bad but watching them play is dreadful. Which is why Bron has to play the whole entire game. I truly don’t believe any other player ever could carry this team the way LeBron has.
Whether it is Houston or Golden State that meet that Cavs in the Finals, it’s gonna be a tough matchup. And for all the people that say “3-5” or “he’s about to be 3-6” let me ask you a question; would it have been better for LeBron to lose last night than to go to the Finals and lose? Like I said, LeBron’s team is horrible and will be facing two loaded teams. Him getting this team far is impressive enough, but I’ll never count the king out. I look forward to watching him play in this year’s NBA Finals (again.)
(Pictures via Bleacher Report & Sports Illustrated)