There’s no denying the LeBron James has a lot of pride. The Cleveland Cavaliers star has done his best so far in the Finals to keep the Cavs in the game, despite their 0-2 record through two games. This is without a doubt the toughest task James has faced in his storied career. But when asked about the toll guarding Kevin Durant has on him, his response was filled with all the pride and defiance you would expect:
LeBron James says guarding Kevin Durant doesn't take a toll— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) June 7, 2017
"Do I look tired? I'm averaging a triple-double in the Finals. I'm pretty good." pic.twitter.com/W6WKOU2Fes
James’ Finals stats of 28.5 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists per game certainly are impressive. Though while he’s impressed, it’s clear that the style he has played has taken a toll on his game. He hasn’t attacked the basket as consistently in the second half of games and has given up easy baskets for Durant throughout the series.
It’s hard to overstate how much easier things would be if the Cavs role players were hitting shots. Not only would this limit the amount of opportunities the Warriors can run after a stop, but it would allow James to play in a more manageable role. Hopefully playing at home will help the Cavs rediscover their rhythm and make this a series.