By Brandon Easler
Let me just start off by saying that I have been a LeBron fan for my whole life. I have stuck with him through all the ups and downs, “The Decision,” “The Block,” “The Comeback,” and so on. I have seen him play on some really bad teams (aka the Cavs from 03-10 and the current team), but I have also seen him play on some great teams and make it to seven straight Finals. However, the most impressive thing to me about LeBron is that he is still doing everything that anyone else in the league can do in his FIFTEENTH SEASON. You read that right, at age 33 and 15 years into his illustrious career LeBron is leading a broken-down Cavs team once again.
With 3 seconds left on the clock I knew what was going to happen. After stuffing Oladipo at the rim, LeBron was poised and ready to send the home crowd into a frenzy, and boy did he ever. LeBron’s clutch three reminded me of the 2009 game-winner against Orlando in the Eastern Conference Finals, as the pure joy on his face could be seen from miles away. He finished the game with an astonishing 44 points, 10 boards, and 8 assists. He has led his team in points, rebounds, and assists 61 times in the playoffs which is triple that of the next closest players. To put it in simple terms, LeBron is doing it all for this team.
Even though LeBron’s heroics might be enough to get past the Pacers, he has got to get help from elsewhere eventually. The Cavs will not advance too far in the playoffs is Kyle Korver is constantly their second-best player. Kevin Love has got to step up and be the second option that LeBron so desperately needs. J.R. Smith has got to start consistently knocking down shots. Someone off the bench needs to put up 10-14 points per game. This man needs some help from somewhere. People hate on LeBron for taking off possessions during games but when you play anywhere from 42-46 minutes per game I think anyone’s body would need a break.
This could be one of the last playoffs where we see this type of LeBron James. When he is on a mission it is one of the most marvelous things to watch in the entire NBA. However, as much of a one man wrecking crew as LeBron is he must get something from at least 2-3 role players plus an all-star level Kevin Love in order to reach his eighth straight Finals and to possibly win his fourth title. NBA fans need to relish these moments that LeBron is giving us, as we just do not know how much longer he will be able to amaze us with his talent. Too many people take his astonishing numbers for granted, and soon they will be left wondering where the time went with this once in a generation type player.
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