LeBron James is having arguably his best ever season in his 15th year in the league and has been truly sensational in the playoffs for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He has been the catalyst behind their run to a fourth consecutive Eastern Conference Finals and played a major role in helping them tie their current series with the Boston Celtics at 2-2 after losing the first two games on the road.
The King posted 44 points in a crucial Game 4 win on Monday night and was simply unstoppable on the court.
LeBron's production is off the charts but surprisingly, data shows that the 33-year-old actually appears to be slowing down.
According to NBA player tracking data, the four-time MVP is averaging 3.7 miles per hour in the conference finals, the second-slowest pace among all players remaining.
He's behind only Zaza Pachulia of the Golden State Warriors, who is the slowest at 3.59 miles per hour.
After the recent victory over the Celtics, James was told of the information and had a blunt response.
"That's the dumbest s--- I've ever heard," James told The Athletic's Jason Lloyd. "That tracking bulls--- can kiss my a--. The slowest guy? Get out of here."
With averages of 33.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game while shooting 55 percent from the field in the playoffs, Cavs fans certainly won't care that their superstar is apparently operating at a slow pace.
The three-time champion said that the data doesn't take into account the fact that he's playing almost 39 minutes a night and feels drained by the end of each game.
"Tell them to track how tired I am after the game, track that s---," he said. "I'm number one in the NBA on how tired I am after the game."
Weight on his shoulders
James has carried a heavy load for the Cavaliers throughout this postseason and has looked visibly exhausted during games.
In Game 7 of their first-round series with the Indiana Pacers, he had to leave the floor to be treated for cramps and admitted afterwards that he felt "burnt".
Head coach Tyronn Lue looked to explain the reason for LeBron's slower pace as he stated that he isn't being asked to move as much on the court.
"If you think about it, he don't really move unless he gets the ball in transition," Lue told The Athletic. "Then he's flying. Other than that, he ain't doing no movement.
"The last couple games, the movement we've had, we got him holding while everybody else is moving around. He's just standing. He ain't going to move."
If he continues playing at his highest level and keeps getting his team wins, nobody will care how slow the veteran small forward moves on the court.
Cleveland is gearing up for an important Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday night where a win would see them put one foot in the NBA Finals once again.
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