The Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t able to grab their first ever NBA title and end Cleveland’s professional sports title drought, but LeBron James deserves recognition for an incredible NBA Finals, despite falling to 2-4 in the Finals.
What James did to drag his battered and bruised team to the Finals, and then to even take a 2-1 series lead over the mighty Golden State Warriors, was an incredible accomplishment. LeBron was a one-man wrecking crew, shouldering an enormous burden and putting up monstrous numbers in the process.
When it was all said and done, LeBron averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists in a whopping 45.8 minutes per game. Yeah, he shot just 39.8 percent overall and 31.0 percent from three, but you can forgive some of the inefficiency considering the burden and huge minutes load. He was basically the entire offense and this was some unprecedented stuff:
Lebron is the first player to lead BOTH teams in points, rebounds and assists in an NBA Finals series.
— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) June 17, 2015
LeBron's gathered 17.9% of all points, rebounds and assists (most ever in NBA Finals). Curry 2nd with 11.6%. Green/Igoudala 3rd, 4th w/8.1%.
— Benjamin Morris (@skepticalsports) June 17, 2015
Andre Iguodala was a great choice for Finals MVP, but LeBron would’ve been a fine choice as well. Not only were his overall numbers ridiculous, but you get a feel for just how important he was to this Cavaliers squad when you see that they had an offensive rating of 50.9 in his 23 minutes on the bench in the Finals, per NBA.com. Cleveland was outscored by 48.1 points per 100 possessions in those 23 minutes.
Even with his crazy numbers, LeBron is sure to receive some criticism for the loss and being 2-4 in the Finals. That of course will be dumb, because what else can the man do? This was truly a performance for the ages, even in defeat.