LeBron James let his actions speak Sunday night’s loss to the Warriors. And then his words matched them—no false modesty here.
“I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world,” James told reporters at the postgame presser. “It’s simple.”
He scored 40 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and dished 11 assists. But his teammates didn’t enjoy that type of game. So, the Cavaliers dropped their second in a row, 104-91. LeBron played when it mattered in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers did not, and quickly collapsed on the road at Oracle Arena.
Should the Cavs fall in either of the next two games, some imagine LeBron walking away with the Finals MVP award even in defeat (Jerry West last accomplished that feat in 1969). But LeBron doesn’t think the Cavs will lose.
“I know I’m shouldering a lot of the burden,” King James told reporters. “But it is what it is.”
What it is is James playing 42 minutes per game for the Cavs. Sunday night, he surpassed Michael Jordan in playoff minutes. If he manages to catalyze a Cavs comeback, some believe he may surpass Jordan on another list.
James declares, “I don’t put a ceiling on what I can do.”