LeBron James in unique position thanks to Cavaliers roster, says Tyronn Lue

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A perfect 8-0 record through the first two rounds of the 2016 playoffs has seen the Cleveland Cavaliers reach the Eastern Conference Finals with minimal fuss.

The team's much-hyped roster - led by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love - has clicked into gear in impressive style and, according to Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue, it has put LeBron in a unique position he has never had the luxury of before in his career.

Speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin after practice on Saturday, Lue claimed that the burden on the four-time NBA MVP has never as light as it is now.

"LeBron is letting the game come to him," explained the head coach. "When he wants to be aggressive and he sees fit to be aggressive when the teams have a good run or whatever they may have, then he just takes over the game.

"...And with Kyrie (Irving) and Kevin (Love) playing at a high level, he can take a lot of mileage off of his body, reduce his (usage) rate and just kind of seeing and figuring out the flow of the game."

Despite Cleveland's dominant form, James is actually averaging a postseason career-low 23.5 points per game, with Irving leading the team in scoring thus far.

Rather than being a concern, however, Lue noted this is a sign of how others have stepped up to take some of the responsibility off of LeBron's shoulders. Something the head coach believes has never been afforded the future Hall of Famer, seemingly not even during his spell in Miami as part of the heralded 'Big Three'.

"I don't think he's been in this position before where he can just sit back and see the flow of the game, see where he has to take over the game and it's been great for him," said Lue.

"I mean, to average 23 points or 24 points and sweep both series is big for us because now our other guys are stepping up, they're playing well and we know LeBron always can play well."

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