Tom Sorensen

Why it has all come undone for LeBron James and Cleveland in NBA finals

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is hard to contain – and hard to beat. So far the Cleveland Cavaliers and forward LeBron James have been unable to do either.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is hard to contain – and hard to beat. So far the Cleveland Cavaliers and forward LeBron James have been unable to do either. AP

I’m a LeBronJames fan, and on Sunday night he showed us all that he could do. A freight train running with abandon to the basket, he hit shots, grabbed rebounds and found open teammates. There are evenings on which his basketball IQ is limitless.

But he wasn’t enough. He wasn’t close to enough. His Cleveland Cavaliers teammates weren’t close to enough. The Golden State Warriors were as good during the game as guitarist Carlos Santana was playing the anthem before it.

The Warriors came in waves. If it wasn’t Steph Curry, it was Kevin Durant. If it wasn’t Durant. it was Klay Thompson. If it wasn’t Thompson, it was Draymond Green.

And then there were the bonus waves. Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark scored 10 points apiece.

Lebron shot only 18 times, scored 29 points and added 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Although Kevin Love provided 27 points, the Cavaliers were swamped.

The move that Curry put on LeBron was the move of the postseason. It was as Curry he had a private 24-second clock, and he used every one of them.

Curry tried to beat LeBron off the dribble but failed and returned to the right corner to start again. Again he failed to beat LeBron, and again he returned to the corner. It was as if the right corner was base, and nobody was allowed to get him there.

This time Curry beat LeBron by a step and cruised to the basket for a layup. And LeBron played good defense.

He held his team together with duct tape, and it came all the way undone.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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