Game one of the NBA Playoffs took off a few weekends ago and King James came ready to defend his court.
James Harden that is. Now leading the series 3-1, James Harden showed his naysayers he came to win this year.
The Houston Rockets have been steamrolling through the West during the regular season. Clinching the number one seed back in March, James Harden has been in his bag all season. The six time All-Star is the current leading scorer in the league, averaging 30 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds a game.
Meanwhile in Cleveland,The Indiana Pacers simply outplayed Lebron in his own kingdom in game 1 of the playoffs. Lebron “King” James was handed his first game one loss in the first round. Lebron’s 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists was no match for Victor Oladipo who broke out with 32 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals.
Never being down 2-1 in the first round, Lebron James for the first time in his career was in uncharted waters. The three time NBA Champion was not concerned with his team’s slow start. A confidant Lebron James told reporters after game one, “[…] I was down 3-1 in the Finals. I’m the last guy to ask about how you’re going to feel the next couple days.”
Lebron is now entering his 15th season in the league and playing his best. Averaging an 27 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds this season, Lebron has carried the Cleveland Cavaliers on all the way to the playoffs. Often compared to Michael Jordan, who retired for the final time on April 16, 2003 after fifteen historic seasons, Lebron James for the first time in his career played all 82 games in the regular season against the New York Knicks in April.
Lebron James is in fact in a league of his own. Just in February against another New York team, the Brooklyn Nets, Lebron became the only player in NBA history to reach 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists in his career. At 33 years old and in his fifteenth season Lebron James continues his show his dominance in the league.
Last night LeBron put up 32 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists to tie the series 2-2. The Cavaliers held Indiana Pacers point guard, Victor Oladipo to shoot 3-7 in the first half and miss his first 10 shots in the second half.
As the race for the 2017-2018 MVP heats up between the two James, all eyes are on which James can lead their team to the finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to take the lead in series this Tuesday at 6:00 PM on TNT. While the Houston Rockets are looking to finish their series strong 4-1 this Wednesday at 8:30 PM on ESPN.