All year long, the biggest story in the NBA has been anything relating to LeBron James; rightfully so. Sunday evening, James dominated yet another Game 7 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 87-79 win over the Boston Celtics.
James heard it all season from the fans and media and he spent the whole year proving them wrong. He played all 82 games in year 15 while averaging 27.5 points on 54.2% shooting, 8.6 rebounds (tied a career high), and 9.1 assists (career high). Just when everyone assumed he would slow down he rose to another level in the playoffs.
Round one against the Indiana Pacers, James averaged 34.4 points on 55.3% shooting including 81.8% from the line, 10 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.0 blocks through seven games.
Second round was even more dominant. Against the Toronto Raptors, James averaged 34 points on 55.3% shooting, 9.3 rebounds, 11.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.0 blocks during the Cavs’ sweep of the Raptors. Who knew a dinosaur could go extinct twice?
LeBron James had one more Game 7 to prove his greatness to the world.
Rough start for the Cavs in Game 7, James was the only one able to knock down his shots. He scored 12 points on 4 for 8 shooting while the rest of the team combined for 6 points on 2 for 9 shooting.
The Cavaliers picked things up in the second when they outscored the Celtics by 4 points. They came back from the half allowing the Celtics to expand the lead before a Jeff Green three puts the Cavs up 53-51 with 4:56 left in the third quarter. Momentum swung heavily in the Cavs favor when Lebron James got a huge block on Terry Rozier. Prompting three words from the announcers: BLOCKED BY JAMES.
The Cavaliers were up 59-56 heading into the final quarter and had the Finals in sight. This did not change the Celtics focus as they made two quick baskets including a monster dunk from Al Horford. Cavs would soon regain the lead.
The lead would continue for the rest of the game but Celtics fans began to show life again when rookie Jayson Tatum dunked on Lebron James to bring the Celtics within one. He was so pumped up by the slam that he gave James a bump has ran back on defense.
From then on, it was pretty much over as the Cavaliers went on a 16-10 run to close out the series. LeBron James finished with 35 points on 12/24 shooting and 3/4 from the line, 15 rebounds, 9 assists (none in the first quarter), and two blocks.
James ended up averaging 33.6 points on 52.4% shooting with 9 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 1.1 steals through seven games of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Reporter: Hey Lebron, how do you feel about head to the NBA finals for the eight consecutive year, ninth overall?
The Western Conference Finals also went to seven games between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. Chris Paul is out for the Rockets which is a huge loss to the team. This means they desperately need someone else to step.
Whoever wins is set to take on LeBron James and the 12 other nameless stand-ins he has around him.
Bring on the NBA Finals.