Dupp wrote:Kawhi wore down this post season, Warriors broke down this year. Lebron having all these deep playoff runs is really insane. Such a toll he’s taken that pretty much no other player can handle.
thebigbird wrote:I hope people appreciate how hard it is to make it to 8 straight finals a little more now. The usual people won’t, but they should. 8 straight years LeBron’s teams didn’t have any let downs leading up to the finals. They faced elimination game after elimination game. Down 3-2 in the 2018 ECF to the best defense in the NBA, he goes for 46/11/9 in game 6 and then plays all 48 minutes of game 7, going for 35/15/9. Game 7 against the pacers, he goes for 45/8/7/4.
Meanwhile, Kawhi and PG combine for 24/10/8 on 10-38 shooting and get blown out after blowing a 3-1 lead. Some players rise to the occasion, other players don’t.
ThE eAsT iS AwFuL
Remember 2018? After their early dominance, the Sixers were favored to come out of the east. They faltered. Raps were a 59 win, 7+ SRS team and were big favorites to best the Cavs but lost 4-0. Bucks were big favorites this year, Clippers were big favorites against the Nuggets....IT’S damn difficult to win playoff series over and over and over again.
Everyone gives the Bulls the benefit of the doubt and say they were running on fumes at the end of 1993 and 1998, Jackson talked about it, Kerr talked about it. Kerr talked about how the Warriors were running on fumes.
NOBODY ever gives that same leniency to James who made 8 straight finals. No running on fumes excuses, etc.
I hope now people who SHOULD HAVE seen before and known before can give that same type of appreciation to what James has done an contiues to do. The game was so different in 2007 and 2011 to what it is today and yet he continues to win.