One of the best basketball players in history, the leader of the current Lakers champion in the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs, has experienced something that has never happened to him.
LeBron James won the NBA championship ring four times, played for three different clubs, reached the playoffs in 15 of the 18 NBA seasons, and was never eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
However, this is the first time that he lost to the Suns 100-113 in the sixth game today, ending his perfect series in the first round of the playoffs and ending 14-0.
James came to this adventure and played for Cleveland, Miami and the Lakers. In the history of the strongest league, only two players have a longer invincible record at the beginning of the playoffs. Robert Horry and Derek Fisher will still be out of reach with a score of 16:0.
The trio’s achievements were compared with Michael Jordan, who ended his career 10:3 in the first round, or Kobe Bryant, who ended his career 13:2.
Before the game, the reporter asked LeBron how it feels to be on the verge of unimaginable relegation at the beginning of the playoffs? He replied: “I am looking forward to this new situation and the challenge to me. I will fire all the bullets at my opponents and eventually throw guns at them.”
This is what he did. He is the best player on the Lakers, scoring 29 points (11/26, 3/10), 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals and blocks.
However, this is not enough. Especially compared to the only time LeBron faced the threat of relegation in the first round of the playoffs. That was before the seventh game between Cleveland and Indiana three years ago. Then James scored 45 points for the Cavaliers’ 105:101 win.
Another indication is that in the absence of Anthony Davis, the 36-year-old LeBron is not the LeBron who led the team to the Finals or won the championship alone. Before the final game against Phoenix, he averaged 22.2 points per game in the series. The first round of the playoffs was the lowest in 15 seasons.
However, for LeBron, not everything is so dark. With his performance in the historical defeat, he also achieved success for the history of the strongest league. With the blockade of the Suns, he reached 252 bananas in the playoffs, skipped Dikembe Mutom, and became the tenth best block player in the NBA playoffs.
Therefore, he entered the top 10 in all statistical indicators of the playoffs. This is the first time in history in terms of playing time, playing time, number of wins, scoring, number of steals, number of shots, and number of free throws. He ranked second in assists, three-pointers and triple-doubles. He ranked fourth in double-doubles, sixth in rebounds and tenth in blocked shots.