Five stats you need to know about LeBron James' incredible playoff run

Five stats you need to know about LeBron James' incredible playoff run

Five stats you need to know about LeBron James' incredible playoff run

The argument remains unending, but James is doing his best to win over doubters, carrying a lackluster Cavaliers squad to the Eastern Conference Finals.

However, they were dominated by the Warriors in the finals the following year before Irving surprisingly asked to be traded as he preferred to be the focal point of a team. He's been brilliant when Boston has needed him most, scoring 20 or more points in seven straight games - tied for the second-longest such streak by a rookie in National Basketball Association history - and coming up huge in the deciding Game 5, scoring a team-high 25 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, capped by a clutch layup through contact with 22 seconds left that gave the C's a lead they'd never relinquish.

( 15 years into his career LeBron James is still playing at a ridiculously high level. But by Michael's final season he no longer was Michael, and in LeBron's first season he had yet to become LeBron.

Jayson Tatum will be seeing plenty of LeBron James in the coming weeks. With 43 points and 14 assists, LeBron accounted for 77 of his team's 128 points, all while shooting 67.9 percent from the field and committing only one turnover. In 1962 he averaged 50 points and over 25 rebounds a game. And hey, maybe that 41.4-minute average will ultimately be bad news for LeBron. "Not going to do this here.' It's just about picking your spots". He once talked about Jordan as "this ghost I'm chasing", but there are many ways to run after a ghost.

James's debt to Cleveland was paid in the summer of 2016 when he brought the city their first sports title in five decades. Each of those other great postseasons, like Jordan's 43.6 points-per-game in 1986 and Jerry West's 40.6 in 1965, ended with their team losing. The Cavs are still searching for a 1A in this year's postseason.

So that's what awaits the Celtics.

I was leaning toward LeBron being the best I've seen. "And to be fluid and adjust and still be that talented and that good, hats off to not just LeBron but a lot of the people I just named".

Can Stevens fare any better? Does he have any tricks left for this Celtics team that has already overachieved by most every possible measure? But the work of Stevens and the Celtics to this point at least inspires the entertainment of the thought that maybe - mayyyyyybe - it could happen.

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