Sometimes an off night is just an off night.
Unless, of course, you’re dealing with the Cavaliers’ LeBron James. When King James has an off night, which happened in a 111-108 loss to Boston in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Cheap Dream Team Jerseys finals Sunday, it becomes a social media firestorm. When the panic reaches its highest point, we’re left with no choice.
The go-to move is to compare that off night to Michael Jordan. That’s the standard to which James, who shot 4 of 13 (30.8 percent) in that loss to the Celtics, is constantly propped up against. We might point to a game or two to make the comparison.
Well, if you’re going to take the deep dive into Basketball Reference to add to the James vs. Jordan debate, then go the whole way.
After starting the series with a game-high 38 points, as well as nine rebounds Cheap Elite Nike NFL Jerseys and eight assists, Durant displayed his defense in a 132-113 victory over the Cavs — which opened up a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series — at Oracle Arena on Sunday.
The former MVP accounted for five of Golden State’s seven blocks, three of their five steals and 11 defensive rebounds, a contribution that proved key with Defensive Player of the Year candidate Draymond Green in foul trouble and having to be used sparingly.
Although Durant still put up 33 points, Kerr — back on the bench for the first time since the Warriors’ opening playoff series against the Trail Blazers after suffering discomfort stemming from back surgery — was most impressed by his contribution going back.
“His defense was amazing, and we needed it especially with Draymond out,” Kerr said of Durant.