James made one off-balanced shot after another in the waning minutes to turn back the Nuggets, who didn’t take their first lead of the game until 8:35 remaining on a driving layup by Mason Plumlee. He averaged only 12.2 points on 48-percent shooting in his most recent 12 games.
“They did whatever they wanted”, Malone said. They are playing better (but still not good) defense. With Jordan Clarkson, George Hill, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr.in the rotation, LeBron has shot more (21.2 attempts per game) and better (54.7% from the field and 44.2% from 3-point range).
Cavaliers: Begin a six-game road trip in Denver on Wednesday.
Since the Cavaliers overhauled their roster James is averaging almost a triple-double every night, working with his new teammates in an effort to reach the NBA Finals for the eighth year in a row. “At shootaround I was able to get my heart rate up going”. I think he could sense something was wrong. “I kind of let my team down”.
SAN ANTONIO – Tony Parker had 23 points, sparking San Antonio to a needed victory over Memphis before embarking on a hard road trip.
The Sixers will have cap space (around $30 million), though they will need to clear more (i.e. Jerryd Bayless) to give James the full max. “The ball was in his hands”. But Chandler completely botched the play at the rim. From the Cavs’ perspective, it’s also obviously encouraging that the 4-time MVP hasn’t ruled out a return to Cleveland, where he has played 11 of his 15 seasons in the league. How’s that for foreshadowing? They are 6.5 games behind the Celtics for second and nine games back of the Raptors, a team they face in two weeks at home. “When I got up to walk out of the huddle, I knew I couldn’t reenter the game – like, literally couldn’t do it physically”.
“Being with LeBron for five years, he has big knees”, Malone quipped. “I’m sure for Jamal that hurt him”.
Nikola Jokic finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, but it wasn’t enough. The West remains tight.
Six players in National Basketball Association history have played at least 50,000 minutes in the regular season. Depends on who you ask.
“But once teams start scouting and figuring things out, we’ve just got to figure it out ourselves”. I feel like every game’s a must-win. They dropped a costly game at Dallas on Tuesday to tighten an already tight playoff chase. It’s over, in the past.
Barton: “I check the standings”.
As we end the episode, we go over the upcoming week in Cleveland.
As usual, we go over the last week’s games. “That’s all that really matters”. “People talk in the locker room, that was it”.