LeBron James at his brilliant best as Cleveland Cavaliers force decider

by Steven Clarke May 29, 2018, 1:38
LeBron James at his brilliant best as Cleveland Cavaliers force decider

We can do the whole LeBron vs Michael Jordan debate to death, but with James preparing to play in his eighth straight NBA Finals, it's more interesting to examine what makes him so exceptional in his own unique way. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Cavaliers' coach Tyronn Lue has viewed James' heroics many times, but on Friday night in Cleveland, with his team's season over with a loss, he witnessed something special.

In the modern day, no one has done what LeBron has.

The Celtics made a late push, but James snuffed it out with massive back-to-back three-pointers in the final two minutes.

"Cleveland" beat "Boston" and postponed the definition of finalist from NBA Eastern conference for the decisive game.

The only other players in National Basketball Association history to have reached eight straight Finals were part of the Boston Celtics teams of the 1950s and 60s.

Perhaps a team that had the same amount of trials and tribulations as the Cavaliers were the Celtics. They lost Kyrie Irving in a trade this offseason.

Then in the first quarter of the season opener against the Cavaliers, Hayward had a bad ankle injury which left the arena in silence. Toronto finished this season with the best record in the East and in may have the Association's most improved player in Victor Oladipo and they all succumbed to LeBron's greatness. A victory would advance them to the championship round and give them the conference crown. Gotta love Brad Stevens. "He delivered. He carried us home as usual".

But after playing all 48 minutes in his 100th game of the season, punctuating one of the greatest series a player has ever had with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, he sure looks capable of more.

Terry Rozier III and the Celtics were able to cut their deficit to seven but they just couldn't get over the hump and overcome their second quarter woes, as the Cavaliers go onto to win, 109-99, to force a Game 7 in Boston on Sunday night. Other players like J.R. Smith, George Hill, Tristan Thompson, and Kyle Korver were inconsistent as well.

The one true constant has been James and he has somehow managed to drag this incredibly flawed and top-heavy team to the Finals, proving he can get as close as possible to winning it all by himself, no matter who's around him.

Consider the circumstances: in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Cavaliers will take on either the reigning champions Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets in the championship series. To add to that, they will obviously not have home court and will have to go in and battle. If they want to be competitive, the role players must step up and try to contribute in any way. "We can't think about 'what could have been.' But when Kyrie is on our team, we're at another level".

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