LeBron James is playing an awful lot for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, and the superstar forward isn’t backing down any time soon.
In fact, the 37.6 minutes per game is the most he’s put in since returning to Cleveland, per Jason Lloyd of Ohio.com, and he’s ramped up even more the past 10 games, averaging nearly 40 minutes per contest.
According to his head coach, Tyronn Lue, James is “being bull-headed” about not backing down and wants to keep up the “good rhythm” he’s in right now.
Winners of five out of their last six games, the Cavaliers remain ahead of the Boston Celtics by 2.5 games with a record of 35-15. James’ production has picked up during this most recent 10-game stretch as a whole compared to his seasonal averages, averaging 27 points, 8.6 rebounds, 11.2 assists and 1.4 steals per contest during this stretch.
He’s expected to play Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers and then sit out the team’s Thursday night game in Oklahoma City.
“I’m fine,” James said. “Coach is going to do a good job of looking at my numbers and trying to get me rest throughout the game, but I don’t see me having slowed down. My numbers are up. We’ve been in a good groove and if I get rest (a) couple minutes here throughout the game, couple minutes there, off days, things of that nature, it helps the body. But it’s whatever coach wants to do.”
James has been pushing hard for the Cavaliers to achieve great things this year, both on the court and in the court of public opinion. He’s been extremely vocal about the team’s need to continue adding depth at the point guard position and to be aggressive in general about making moves to improve the roster.
Clearly, he’s not content to rest on his laurels.
Despite winning an NBA championship last year with the Cavs and two more with the Miami Heat, James is striving to further his legacy. At the age of 32, perhaps he’s getting more in touch with his own mortality as it pertains to NBA super stardom. Whatever his motivations are, he’s pushing hard to make the most out of his NBA career, however much longer it lasts.