LeBron James has won the NBA Finals for the 12th time, but he still has a ton of work to do
Posted On May 26, 2021
LeBron James is back in the NBA playoffs for the 11th time and is still winning basketball games.
The Cavaliers have won seven of their last 10 games to make the playoffs and have now won the last four games in a row, the longest such streak in NBA history.
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have now been in the playoffs every year since 1985, the last time they were in it before the 2015-16 season.
The last time the Cavs were in the postseason was in 1999, when they reached the conference finals.
James has never been able to win the NBA championship.
He has won just six titles overall since winning five straight in 2006.
The Cavs have won the championship twice this season, once by beating the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs, and again in the Eastern Conference finals.
James has also won two NBA Finals MVP awards and two titles in the past 12 seasons.
The third one is the most important.
James is the only player to ever win three MVP awards, the only two to win two of them in a single season, and the only one to win a championship in three of the last five seasons.
James also has three titles in four NBA Finals, the most in NBA Finals history.
In 2017, James had his lowest scoring average in his career.
He had a season-low in points per game in the regular season, his lowest total since 2008, and he had his highest point total in the entire season.
But in Game 5, James scored a season high 36 points and scored 21 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to give the Cavs a 114-114 victory.
James was averaging 32.4 points per contest, 11.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists in his final six games of the regular schedule.
James had 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Game 4 against the Miami Bulls.
James and Cleveland made the playoffs for just the second time since the 2015 Finals.
The team made the finals for the first time since 2010, the year LeBron James won the title.
James led the Cavs to a playoff berth after beating the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Cavaliers have been on a tear this season and won the first six games.
They now have a 20-1 record on the season, their best record since winning the title in 2015.
They have been averaging 101.3 points per 100 possessions this season.
James, who is averaging 34.3 rebounds and 13.3 assists, leads the NBA in rebounds per game.
He is also third in assists per game at 21.3.
Cleveland has been outscored by an average of 11.7 points during James’ absence.
This season, Cleveland is shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from 3-point range, which is the worst shooting performance by a Cavs player since the 2011-12 season.
They are shooting 37.2% from the free throw line and 34% from 3, the worst mark in the league this season with James out of the lineup.
In his 11 seasons, James has scored more than 200 points in nine of those seasons.
In his last nine seasons, he has scored at least 200 points four times.
James averaged over 26 points per night in 2016-17 and was in the top 10 in scoring during the 2016-2017 season.
He averaged 20.3 per game this season before he was sidelined.
The Cavs are in first place in the East, but have not won a playoff series since the 2014 Finals.
If James does not play in Game 6, it will mark the sixth time he has missed a playoff game due to injury this season (2010, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
The Warriors are in the best position in the Western Conference.
The Warriors have won six of their past seven playoff games.
Golden State is 21-1 in those games and has won six straight overall.
Stephen Curry has averaged 24.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg and 2.2 bpg this season in the Warriors’ four series with the Cavaliers.
Klay Thompson is averaging 24.7 ppg and 9.6 rpg this year in the Cavs’ four playoff series with Golden State.
Thompson is averaging 19.8 ppg in the four games he played with James and Golden State this season but has been a minus-0.5 on the year.
Both Curry and Thompson have been out for Game 7.
Curry had an ankle injury that limited him to only 12 games this season due to a stress fracture in his left foot.
He missed the last three games of Cleveland’s series with Indiana.
Thompson has been sidelined by an ankle sprain that has sidelined him for the last two games.
Golden State and Cleveland will play in the next two games of a best