LeBron James: 'I Wasn't a Complete Basketball Player' in 2011 NBA Finals

Posted May 05, 2018

Forty-one thoughts for 41 spectacular minutes from LeBron James in Thursday's 128-110 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals...

LeBron James is one of best basketball players to ever live, but his career has hardly been ideal. On March 21, the Cavs won a 132-129 shootout behind 35 points and 17 assists from LeBron James.

In the fourth, James closed the door entirely, putting on an exhibition from midrange with a series of unguardable daggers.

LeBron ended the game with 43 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds, becoming the first player in National Basketball Association history to record at least 40 points and 14 assists in a post-season game and becoming the only player to have at least 40 points and 10 assists in four playoffs games.

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It doesn't help that Game 2 was Ibaka's worst showing yet in these playoffs, as he missed all five of his shots attempts and scored two points in his 12 minutes on the court. When Toronto's best players gave so much and still fell short, the Raptors have to wonder how much more should they ask?

This isn't the first time Flair has laughed at the Raptors' expense, as the Cavs ended Toronto's season the past two years. "We're going to fight". Then last night in Game 2 it was the Kevin Love show, as he poured in 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. It's the first team to win four.

It was the first time in Simmons' brief career - 88 games - he failed to make a basket as his lone point came from the free throw line at the 7:14 mark of the first quarter. "When you turn the ball over three times, now you can get back and get your defense set". Game 3 will be on Saturday Night in Cleveland. The lead was 15 after Hill's steal and layup with 1:01 left before the Raptors scored the final four points of the period to trail by 11.

"When he retires, that's what you admire what he's done", said Toronto coach Dwane Casey.

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Yes, as you might have known it here already, I am a LeBron diehard.

"We know what they're capable of, Kev or CB, two [perennial] All-Stars, two of the best power forwards I've played with obviously", James said. The Raptors entered 6-1 all-time when playing Game 2 at home.

- LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what's happening again to the Toronto Raptors.

Cleveland took control as Smith scored six points in an 18-5 spurt to begin the third quarter.

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But the Cavs, trailing by two at halftime, eviscerated the Raptors in the third quarter, opening the second half on an 8-0 scoring run to seize a lead they wouldn't relinquish. His ability to post up creates a dilemma: guard him with one player and he gets to the rim; double-team him and risk him finding an open teammate for an uncontested shot.