The Cleveland Cavaliers have been absolutely flying in the postseason and have swept all-comers so far during their playoff campaign.
The Ohio-based franchise has racked up 10 successive wins and counting. It will come as no surprise to many that four-time MVP LeBron James has been the driving force behind their unbelievable business end surge.
The 31-year-old put on a clinic in game two of Cleveland's Eastern Conference Finals battle with the Toronto Raptors as he not only surpassed Shaquille O'Neal into fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list, but he also recorded his 15th career triple-double in the playoffs with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
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However, as great as it is for James that his Cavaliers unit have managed to silence the critics who insisted he could not function with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, the 12-time All-Star doesn't believe his team are following the Warriors' lead.
After the Cavaliers made an NBA-record 25 threes in game two against Atlanta in the second-round of the playoffs, many corners of the media have begun to suggest that the Cavaliers are becoming a perimeter shooting outfit in the same vein as reigning NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors.
However, James refutes that notion and insists his Cleveland side work on all aspects of their game.
“We’re a balanced team, not perimeter-oriented. We work all facets of the game, both in the paint and on the perimeter,” James said.
“I don’t think that’s us,” he said. “Obviously, we got guys that can knock down shots from the perimeter, and it’s been key to our success. But we have to continue to understand that we have to be very balanced offensively. If you look at a lot of the three’s that were made and a lot of the three’s that were taken, the ball was getting to the paint first and then it was spraying out."
To be fair to James, he has been putting on a dunking clinic as of late and none of the 24 points he registered against the Raptors in game one came as a result of a three-bomb.
The Ohio native is looking to bring a first-ever Larry O'Brien trophy back to his home-state and he has asserted that they don't want to be labelled as a three-point team along the way.
“We’re not a three-point shooting team, and we don’t want to be labeled that.”
Cleveland currently holds a 2-0 lead over Toronto in their Eastern Conference Finals matchup and now the second-seeded Raptors need to get something from the next two games at the Air Canada Centre to even stand a chance of competing in this series.