Guarding Durant Taking a Toll on LeBron? 'I'm Averaging a Triple-double'

Solenn Plantier
Juin 10, 2017

"They do a great job of spacing out the floor, keeping a high tempo and just made some big-time plays down the stretch".

Johnson further described the three-time National Basketball Association champion and the league's four-time Most Valuable Player as a "Special guy". You've got a lot of guys who can make some great plays. "My mother. So many more people". LeBron James is also an exceptionally good basketballer. And honestly, I can't blame these folks one bit. "Even on an off night, we'll score enough points".

Does he believe James should be issued a flagrant like Draymond was past year for the same thing? This season, the Cavs scooped up three players - Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut and Derrick Williams - who were waived (essentially bought out) by their respective teams. I don't care. I mean, I think it's great.

To that, my answer is a definitive yes.

But he sarcastically responded to them Friday before Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, saying they were right and "they would all kill us". His dream? To own an National Basketball Association team.

LeBron James should hope Carmelo Anthony stands firm with his no-trade clause because his only realistic path to joining the Cavaliers is getting waived by the Knicks and signing as a free agent.

Over the final two minutes of the first quarter, the Warriors went on a 12-3 scoring run, and then, finished the game with an 11-0 spurt that delivered them a 118-113 come-from-behind victory over the Cavaliers and a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

There was much to talk about after Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

Recently, the comparisons were again blown open when James overtook Jordan on the leader board for the most points scored by a player in his career in the NBA Playoffs. Twenty years ago, the opposite was true.

After his NBA Finals failure five years ago against James and the Heat, Durant vowed to become a legitimate, respected defender who could make almost as much of an impact blocking shots and crashing the boards. "I will own a team someday", he says in an interview with The Athletic. "Listen, you ain't got to go undefeated". But that team, they knew what they were about. After all he has averaged a triple-double so far in this series. If he wants a shot at more rings, he needs to stay in the East. If they fall short of their ultimate goal again, LeBron might look at Cleveland and see little potential for growth compared to other situations. Sure, he's probably lost half a step on defense, but as these playoffs have shown, he's about as physically dominant as he's ever been with the ball in his hands. In Kevin Love he's got talent around him.

"We have to come out with an unbelievable mindset, unbelievable focus like we have and limit some of the things they're comfortable at".

Now, nearly a year later, comes a moment in a Game 3 that felt a little bit like a Game 7 for the Cavs. That could give him something like 17 or more consecutive seasons of a stat line that only 11 men have ever managed once. "We handled the business on that day and we've got more business to handle".

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