Here’s a chart of LeBron’s points, rebounds, and assists since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
As you can see, LeBron’s basically been averaging 25-30 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists a night, which are just absolutely ridiculous numbers if you think about them — and the only reason LeBron hasn’t gotten more recognition for his outstanding performances over the playoffs (basically putting this Heat team on his back as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh struggled) is because of the other-worldly performance of Danny Green. And also because he struggled in Games 1-3 of the NBA Finals, and people kind’ve forgot about him (myself included) thinking that the disinterested, aloof, and passive LeBron from the 2011 NBA Finals had reappeared.
But the past three games, LeBron James has showed up (wellllll, maybe not so much in Game 5), showed many of his loudest critics up (“Uh, is Skip Bayless here? Skip? Skip??? Oh, Skip left early? That’s too bad…) and showed why he is an NBA manimal of the highest caliber.