The Cleveland Cavaliers are up 3-0 on the Toronto Raptors with a chance to sweep on Sunday. And, at least according to Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, Toronto knows there is a sizable gap between the two teams. And he attributes that gap to a certain player who wears No. 23 for the Cavs.
“They’ve got LeBron James,” Lowry told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. “Nobody’s closing the gap on him. I mean, that’s it right there: They’ve got LeBron James and nobody’s closing the gap on him.”
Lowry also said it’s hard to see James’ prime ending anytime soon.
“I don’t know when his prime is going to stop,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon. I think he’ll be able to continue what he’s doing for a long time. But that’s basketball. You’ve got to find a way to beat the best.”
What Lowry is hitting at is a problem Eastern Conferences teams have been unable to solve for the last six years. No team — not the Raptors, not the Indiana Pacers, not the Atlanta Hawks — has been able to stop LeBron led teams. This year doesn’t look to be any different, as LeBron is dominating games and Cleveland is undefeated in the postseason. The conference’s other remaining teams also don’t seem up to the task.
LeBron’s dominance of the East caused coach Tyronn Lue to compare what James is doing now to what Michael Jordan did in the 1990s with the Bulls.
“There’s a reason why guys like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Reggie Miller don’t have championships, because of Michael Jordan,” Lue told The Vertical. “And now, in this era, because of LeBron James.”
At some point in the future — probably — a Eastern Conference team will beat LeBron. But — probably — not this year. LeBron is the gap and no one knows how to bridge it. For Lowry, and other stars in the conference, that has to be frustrating.