Crazy stat shows it’s LeBron James or bust for Cavaliers

LeBron James
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Anyone who’s watched the Cleveland Cavaliers for more than a few minutes at any point recently could tell you this team is going nowhere without LeBron James.

That’s kind of a given. On Sunday he played 43 minutes, scoring 45 points while the next-best scorer managed just 15. That’s hardly unusual, either, as the team’s offense has far too often been LeBron or bust.

Now here’s a crazy stat that shows just how true this is.

No wonder he’s tired and just wants to go home after Sunday’s Game 7 win.

During the seven-game series between the Cavs and Indiana Pacers, James averaged 41 minutes per game, and that includes just 31 minutes in the Game 6 blowout loss. In those games, he’s averaged 34.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists 1.0 blocks and 1.4 steals per game.

It’s hard to imagine King James will be able to keep up this pace. He’s going to break down eventually.

Needless to say, his teammates really need to step up their games in the scoring department. Otherwise, Sunday’s victory will ring rather hollow in the long run, and then it might be the end of LeBron James in Cleveland.