I’m starting to despise LeBron James when it comes to his press conferences and interactions with media. I know there’s been LeBron hate out there for years, but I’ve never been one of them because I believe he’s a good guy at heart and a great teammate.
It was another semi-snarky postgame presser from LBJ after Game 5 — I’d rather watch Kobe lie and deflect questions without cracking a smile over LeBron at the podium at this point. But what King James did on the floor Tuesday night was historic.
For the third time in his postseason career, LeBron had 35 or more points without committing a turnover. An impressive feat on it’s own, but even more so when you examine his entire stat line: 38 points (14-for-24 FG), 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and three blocks, all without a single turnover in 41 minutes.
More on just how good LBJ was:
Michael Jordan and LeBron James now have the same number of 30-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist games in postseason pic.twitter.com/8LXvdW1uJp— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 13, 2015
LeBron James: 9th career postseason game with 35 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Elgin Baylor is the only player with more (12)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 13, 2015
35 pts, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 0 turnovers in postseason game Since turnovers kept (1977-78) LeBron 2015 Shaq 2000 Larry Bird 1986— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 13, 2015
Hard to believe the ankle injury he suffered (and played through) in Game 4 bothered him much in this one. LeBron was everything for the Cavs in Game 5, and with David Blatt seemingly acting as dead weight on the sideline, he’s going to have to continue to be.
Most Games– Outright Team Leader in Pts, Reb, Ast NBA Playoff History (via ELIAS) LeBron James 33 Larry Bird 13 Tim Duncan 11— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 13, 2015
The Cavs will look to close out the Bulls on Thursday in Chicago, otherwise we’ll see a Game 7 in Cleveland on Sunday. The banged up Cavs would benefit from the rest a win on Thursday would provide them, especially if LeBron has to maintain this pace for his team to win in the next round.
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