17 Days Miami Heat
LeBron James hit all six of his field goals in the first quarter of Wednesday's 115-78 win over the Bulls, finishing with 19 points, five boards, nine assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 7-of-12 shooting.
The Heat did almost whatever they wanted on offense to earn the largest margin of victory in the history of their franchise. They shot a whopping 60 percent from the field, made 9-of-18 from downtown, had 29 assists as a team, put up 20 fastbreak points and scored 56 points in the paint. LeBron did make just 4-of-8 from the line and dropped his free throw shooting in the postseason to 70.2 percent. Tom Thibodeau isn't necessarily want LeBron at the foul like and his Bulls will have to go back to the drawing board and limit Miami's easy buckets.
17 Days Miami Heat
LeBron James said he wouldn't be surprised if he's asked to defend Bulls dynamo Nate Robinson late in games.
This is the beauty of LeBron. The 6-foot-8 James is so versatile he can match up against swingmen, centers and even 5-foot-9 guards. In most cases, that'll usually end whatever success the opposition is having. If anything, Robinson should feel slightly honored the Heat decided to use the MVP to shut him down, which he most assuredly will. We're definitely looking forward to seeing how Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decides to slow down Robinson in Game 2.
19 Days Miami Heat
LeBron James scored 24 points in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Bulls, while adding eight boards, seven assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes.
He was dominant against the Bulls during the regular season, shooting 63.8 percent from the field for 28.0 points per game in his four games against them, so this is a surprising stat line. LeBron just scored two points in the first half and the Heat couldn't get their jumpers to fall before halftime. Amazingly, they only turned the ball over eight times, but they only had 32 points in the paint. After Miami cruised through the first round, they actually have a series on their hands here.
20 Days Miami Heat
LeBron James was officially named the NBA's Most Valuable Player Sunday.
He received 120 of the 121 first-place votes with Carmelo Anthony getting one vote. LeBron was simply unstoppable this season, leading the NBA with field goals despite ranking seventh in attempts. He shot an impressive 40.6 percent from beyond the arc this year while his 8.0 assists led all non-PG players. The Heat rattled off 27 consecutive wins this year and are expected to win back-to-back NBA titles thanks largely to LeBron's spectacular play.
22 Days Miami Heat
LeBron James will be formally named the NBA's Most Valuable Player Sunday.
27 Days Miami Heat
LeBron James was in complete control on Sunday to finish the sweep of the Bucks with 30 points, eight boards, seven assists, three steals, one block and five turnovers on 13-of-20 shooting.
The Heat are on fire and saying they're one of the hottest teams in the history of the NBA isn't exactly hyperbole. They've gone 41-2 over their last 43 games and continue to shoot the ball efficiently with tough defense. LeBron steamrolled the Bucks, shooting 62.7 percent from the field and 6.8 assists per game during the four-game sweep. Miami hasn't even missed Dwyane Wade (knee) this year and they went 12-2 in games without their second-best player. It's certainly not a stretch to think Miami will sweep the winner of the Brooklyn-Chicago series.
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LeBron James admitted to being upset about not winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Whether or not he was deserving, James is going to get glossed over annually because of his prowess on the offensive end of the floor. "It sucks," he said. "Who wants to finish second?" Maybe LeBron will use this as extra ammunition for next season when he's guaranteed to be in the discussion for the award again.