LeBron James is still the best basketballer on the planet… but you knew that already.
Despite the presence of “The King” the Cleveland Cavaliers have still struggled early in this 2017-18 campaign. After winning their first two games they took consecutive losses to Brooklyn, New Orleans, New York and Indiana before heading to Washington to face the Wizards.
Before the game Washington stars John Wall and Bradley Beal appeared on The Jump with Rachael Nichols and Paul Pierce. Wall had some interesting thoughts to share with regards to the Cavaliers, even suggesting that Cleveland had intentionally avoided the number one seed last season, so as to avoid the Wizards until the Conference Finals.
LeBron James certainly wasn’t avoiding anything on Friday might as he wreaked havoc on the Wizards to the tune of 57 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in 43 minutes. He became only the second player in NBA history to post a 50+ point game in year 15 or later of his career and most importantly got his Cavs a much needed win against a conference rival.
LeBron really was everywhere and while a couple of late “heat check” shots did miss the mark, his performance was otherwise flawless and the Wizards simply had no answers. Washington sent John Wall to James late in the game and that worked out about as well as you’d expect, with LeBron overpowering the All-Star point guard. Now Wall wasn’t the only one to get torched by the King but the decision to use Wall as the primary “Bron Stopper” late was a strange one.
LeBron James Points – By Defender on Friday
John Wall 16
Kelly Oubre Jr. 11
Otto Porter Jr. 11
Bradley Beal 10 pic.twitter.com/JCzlX4BRrn
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 4, 2017
This is not the first time the Wizards have talked trash before being unable to back it up. Last season they tried the same trick with the Boston Celtics before being pummelled by a Kelly Olynyk game for the ages. These guys probably need to concentrate more on the actions rather than the words moving forward.
While both of these teams figure to play well into this season’s playoffs, they both currently sport modest win/loss records containing only 4 wins. The Wizards (4-4) travel to Toronto on Sunday to visit the Raptors, who have kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 home record. The Cavs (4-5) return home to face the lowly Atlanta Hawks (1-8) and will look to build on their Washington victory and get back to .500.
Look for LeBron to lead from the front again against Atlanta… and likely take the fourth quarter off if the score allows.