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LeBron James can join Kobe and Jordan in NBA history books this week

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LeBron James is preparing to take on the San Antonio Spurs this week with the Miami Heat hoping to secure their third successive NBA title as the 2014 Finals get underway Thursday.

And after another impressive postseason performance for the Heat the four-time MVP is just one solitary digit away from joining two of his the greats - Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan - in an elite group of playoff achievers.

If James can muster up just a single assist in Game One against the Spurs Thursday he will become only the third athlete in the history of the NBA to have registered at least 4,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in the playoffs.

Adding 407 points, 102 rebounds and 75 assists during the Heat's 2014 run to the Finals LeBron is stuck on 999 set-ups for his teammates whilst having accumulated 4,278 points and 1,293 rebounds during his nine years playing postseason basketball.

Not bad for a 29-year-old but he still has someway to match Michael Jordan.

The undisputed NBA great has almost 6,000 points.

James is often compared to both Jordan and Kobe as fans looks to scrutinize the right to hold the Heat player amongst the greatest ever, and while stats like these are useful ammunition to add to the debate it will be the outcome of the 2014 NBA Finals which will do most for James' legacy.

Win and it will give him his third NBA title with a few years ahead to try and match Kobe (five) and Jordan (six) and the way he has been playing recently you wouldn't bet against LeBron giving his finest Finals performances yet.

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