LeBron James has been all business this playoffs as he averages 34 points, nine rebounds and seven assists through his seven victories. Critics were relatively unimpressed with Cleveland’s first round sweep of the Indiana Pacers as they only won by a combined 17 points.
Now, on the verge of the second straight sweep in as many series, James’ greatness is coming into view like it has in so many other postseasons. He is shooting over 50 percent from the field and nearly 50 percent of his tries from deep.
Audiences have watched the two youngsters in the lead for the MVP award, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, suffer through imbalanced outings in the postseason while The King just keeps on winning and throwing up monster lines in the process.
Even the mighty Kawhi Leonard has dropped some games in his postseason campaign as the Cavs stand perfect as they look toward a third straight appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals.
After the Game 3 victory that sucked the air out of the Air Canada Centre, he sat at the postgame podium and was asked about his goals still on the list before his career ended. The King was absolutely frank in his response.
James said: “ What else do I have to prove? Seriously, what else would I have [to do]? I’ve won championships, I won my first one and I’ve won for my teammates, I came home and won. There isn’t anything I have left to prove.”
That may sound like resignation or bluster on the surface, but those comments reveal the core of what drives the multiple champion. It would have been easy to take the foot off the gas this year after claiming the title in 2016, but LBJ has turned up the intensity for the 2017 postseason.
He was clearly annoyed by how his team fared over this season and is taking those frustrations out on the Eastern Conference at large. The only task left this year is to get back to the Finals and claim another ring.
It was assumed by most experts that the defending champions and their rivals were headed for a rubber match in this year’s championship round. So far, it looks that way, although there are some teams hoping to play spoiler.
However, the differences between the Cavs and their competition in the East is stark, they look like the best team in the conference despite Boston finishing with a better record. He might have checked a lot of boxes in his completion list, but James is looking to fill the empty spots out.
If he can best the West again, he will only have two more to catch Michael Jordan and he will really have nothing to prove to anyone.News Now - Sport News