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LeBron James tops Michael Jordan as all-time playoffs scoring leader

LeBron James tops Michael Jordan as all-time playoffs scoring leader

King of Cleveland LeBron James has praised the likely successor to his throne after Kyrie Irving's record-breaking display in the Cavaliers' game-four win over Boston. Kelly Olynyk another. Marcus Smart stepped into the starting lineup, and rookie Jaylen Brown helped out from the bench. The Cavs set an National Basketball Association record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity. "So I didn't ever believe I could be Mike".

"When you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan, it's nearly like a god".

LeBron James was the story of the opening half with a game-high 20 points, meaning he is just eight points shy of passing Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer inthe postseason.

But there's no denying that his accolades are putting him in the orbit of Jordan, his boyhood idol.

"Throughout the series, I didn't get the opportunity to have that moment", James said. "That was my mindset". But he said both he and his teammates continue to be inspired by their leader.

"He's a special talent", James said about Irving.

"He saw Bron went out and he wanted to put the team on his shoulders", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

"This team is a insane team".

"That's all I can give you right now because I don't want to be stressed, they cause a lot of stress and I'll get to the point when we start to prepare for them". But we also saw the possible negative consequences of that mindset as the Celtics stormed back and LeBron struggled to get into a rhythm.

What does matter is the chance to cement his own legacy, one that inspires young players to look beyond scoring as they develop their games.

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He finished the game with 35 points, booking his seventh straight finals appearance as the reigning champion Cavs wrapped up a 4-1 victory over the Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland won by one point on Christmas Day and Golden State prevailed by 35 points on January 16.

In a sense, that's true - certainly, of all the superstars you can remember over the past couple decades, James might be the best and most willing passer of all but one or two. The series then shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on June 7 and 9. But for J.R. Smith, he thinks he understands what was up. They were labeled the clear-cut Eastern Conference favorite before the season began and carried that label the majority of the way despite showing some warts during a turbulent regular season.

According to Cleveland.com, James' teams are 1-10 in the playoffs when he scores 15 or fewer points.

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Indeed, the Cavaliers' run to the Finals, with their Game 3 defeat to the Celts their only loss in a 12-1 postseason, was a good measure of just how far the Celtics have to go. So they had to kind of reshape, and that's the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach.

Where was Al Michaels, who made the legendary call for the legendary Olympic hockey game in Lake Placid in 1980, when we needed him last night in Cleveland, calling the shots for TNT?

"They had multiple people come in and talk to me about what's more important", Thomas said Friday, a day after the Celtics were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Thomas injured the hip in March and aggravated it in the second-round series against Washington.


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