There has been plenty of attention being paid to LeBron James over the past month.
It’s deserving. LeBron has been playing unprecedented basketball and has led the Heat to a season-high 11-game winning streak. The streak has gone throughout the month of February, starting with a 100-85 win in Toronto on February 3rd and most recently building with a 109-105 win over Cleveland on Sunday.
As usual, LeBron is getting the brunt of the credit. Meanwhile, nearly every other rotation player has followed in suit.
Fun’s over, kids. It’s time to get back to work.
That means it’s time to return back to the real show; not All-Star weekend, but the LeBron James experience.
Leading a seven-game winning streak into the All-Star break, capped off by a blowout victory at Oklahoma City, LeBron has become the talk of the NBA world after going an NBA-record six consecutive games of scoring at least 30 points on at least 60 percent shooting in each of those contests. He spent most of the weekend staving off loaded questions that involved him being compared to Michael Jordan.
In the past five games, LeBron James has had what some are arguing the best stretch by any NBA player ever.
Well, that idea lasted a few hours before a stat revealed Michael Jordan once had a stretch of ten triple-doubles in the span of 11 games. It’s also tough to not include Wilt Chamberlain as someone who has put up some wild statlines in a career that included a 100-point game and a season where he averaged 50 points and 25 rebounds per game.
In terms of the modern era, however, LeBron is having games that rival that of legends like Jordan–he’s the only player analysts can use to downplay James’ recent stretch–and most recently Moses Malone and Adrian Dantley.
A simple game recap wouldn’t suffice in a situation like this.
Not after the game LeBron James just had. Not after he just posted up the best shooting game of his life, converting 13 of his 14 field-goal attempts for a 93 percent mark on a night where his Miami Heat were struggling to put away an awful Charlotte Bobcats team. Behind the efforts of James, naturally, the Heat were able to pull off a 99-94 victory that featured 10 points in the fourth quarter from the reigning MVP.