The Cleveland Cavaliers came out of game 2 with a 100-97 win over the Indiana Pacers and a huge part of that win can be credited to one man: LeBron James. The King in his 15th season is looking like the teenager that came to the NBA back in 2003. And he somehow is still putting up massive numbers even after playing all 82 regular season games for the first time in his career.
LeBron came out firing on all cylinders right from the get go. He put up 20 points in the first quarter and finished the game as the leading scorer of the contest with 46 points. James added 12 rebounds to go along with six assists to tie the series up 1-1. He also played the most minutes out of any player in the contest. It truly is astounding how someone who has been playing as long as James can stay not only healthy, but as dominate as LeBron has been during his career. I am just thankful he’s back in Cleveland producing how he is rather than somewhere else in the league.
But even after LeBron put on a show he still had his mind on winning and was already criticizing the team during his post-game interview. In the interview LeBron was quoted saying, “we got lucky,” in regards to giving Pacers guard Victor Oladipo an open three-point attempt near the end of the game. I understand the frustration coming from LeBron, but at the same time I think everyone knew who was coming out of this game on top. I also respect LeBron’s comment and can see that he is using this to remind his teammates to not be content with winning one game, but staying focused on making a run to another consecutive NBA Finals appearance.
It is clear that LeBron knows what he has to do in order to carry this team to the playoffs. He is going to have to take charge as he did tonight in most, if not all, of Cleveland’s upcoming playoff matches if he wants another ring. The good news is that he does have a decent cast of players around him to help alleviate some of that pressure, but LeBron will have to keep shining every game to take this team back to the championship. It is still remarkable how he keeps wowing everyone every time he steps out on the court, but I don’t think anything will get in LeBron’s way this season. He’s healthy, he’s conditioned, and he’s ready to notch championship number four on his belt.
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