Since February 7, Cleveland is leading the East in points per game (115.1 PPG, sixth-most in NBA) and field goal percentage (.500, third-best in NBA). The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.7 points on 47.3 percent shooting.
USA Today's Sam Amick reported back in December that some people "in Rockets circles" believe that Houston has a legitimate chance of landing James once he hits free agency. Just because of my body, my mind, the way I go out and approach the game. "One thing about me and my career, your probably don't know, you haven't been around me, that I handle my business accordingly and when that time comes I'll take care of that". However, they will be relying on LeBron James and Love to get 60 points per game for them, then relying on the supporting cast to get around 10 points each. For now, however, his focus is likely entirely on this season and trying to make an eighth straight NBA Finals.
James made his comments on UCLA's campus in Westwood, where he often plays pickup basketball in the summertime. "How could anyone know when he doesn't even know?" "It's not my first rodeo, but I don't ... it doesn't bother me".
The Lakers have put all the pieces in place, they've drafted young, exciting prospects and have cleared enough cap room to sign James and a second max-level star to play alongside him - laying out the red carpet and vacuuming it before The King makes his entrance.
Nine of his 39 at the Pepsi Center in Denver came in the final 1:41, including a fadeaway jumper from the left corner with Wilson Chandler draped all over him with 9.5 seconds left. Between Friday's game against the Clippers and Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland will spend an entire weekend basking in the sunshine of Southern California - and James will get a never-ending barrage of queries about his plans for this summer.
James is one of three players averaging more than 37 minutes per game this season. Larry Nance Jr. finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Jeff Green came off the bench to chip in 10 points. All four seem like plausible destinations at this point, but the hype surrounding the Sixers has been notably high as of late. "Those are shots that, like, as a defender, you just turn around to your coach and go, 'I'm sorry, I don't know what you want from me.' But no, it was incredible".