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538 article on LeBron's Finals

Post by Mike G » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:20 pm

Article by Neil Paine:
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/ho ... is-legacy/
-- "It's not as terrible as it seems."

Here are top cumulative Game Scores in the 9 Finals trips for LeBron's teams and their opponents. Asterisk* designates a winning year.

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.  2007
16.2  Parker   SAS
15.3  Duncan   SAS
11.6  Ginobili SAS
10.6  LeBron   Cle
9.0   Gooden   Cle

.  2011
22.7  Wade     Mia
16.6  Nowitzki Dal
13.7  LeBron   Mia
13.4  Terry    Dal

.  2012       *
23.6  LeBron   Mia
20.7  Durant   OKC
18.9 Westbrook OKC
16.4  Wade     Mia

.  2013       *
22.5  LeBron   Mia
15.9  Duncan   SAS
14.9  Wade     Mia
14.2  Leonard  SAS

.  2014
22.5  LeBron   Mia
15.8  Leonard  SAS
12.9  Duncan   SAS
11.6  Parker   SAS
10.9  Ginobili SAS
10.6  Bosh     Mia

.  2015
24.6  LeBron   Cle
17.9  Curry    GSW
13.6  Iguodala GSW
12.1  Green    GSW
11.8  Mozgov   Cle

.  2016       *
26.5  LeBron   Cle
19.1  Irving   Cle
17.2  Green    GSW
13.1  Curry    GSW

.  2017
30.3  Durant   GSW
29.6  LeBron   Cle
24.1  Curry    GSW
18.2  Irving   Cle

.  2018
28.3  LeBron   Cle
26.9  Durant   GSW
20.1  Curry    GSW
15.6  Love     Cle
http://bkref.com/tiny/pNpUJ
In the last 7 years, only Durant has outperformed LeBron in a Finals by this measure, and that's just once in 3 meetings.
LeBron almost looks stronger each time out, until this year -- which was still better than any of his mvp years.

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