How LeBron James is finally ‘in’ with his Lakers teammates
LONDON — LeBron James finally has his teammates on his side, and they are starting to enjoy it.
James and the Los Angeles Lakers will play in their second game in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the team that has been struggling to win its first game in five tries has now been rewarded.
James’ Lakers will face the Cavs on Sunday night, but he is already getting some help from his teammates.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have won seven of the last nine games, including three straight to open the Finals.
The Cavaliers have been winning with LeBron James and his teammates, and that has helped them stay in control.
“We have a lot of guys who have been here a long time, who know what to do, and when to do it,” said Cavs guard Tyronn Lue, who has averaged 17.8 points per game during the streak.
“And the way that we play, I think it’s going to come to help us win.
I think that will help us be able to do that.”
James said after Game 3 that he’s going for a third straight win.
“I’m going to be 100 percent focused on this team,” James said.
“This is the first time I’ve won a Finals in three years, so this is great.
This is a big deal.
I can’t wait for it.
I’m going for it.”
James has had trouble getting his teammates to come on board.
They’ve been struggling on the defensive end, too.
The Cavs have struggled to stop the Warriors’ offense, and have been allowing the Warriors to score 110 points in the first two games of the series.
They also allowed the Warriors 100 points in Game 3 of the first-round series.
“That’s not what we want to do.
I don’t want to let anybody down, and I don.
I want to make sure that we’re playing hard, we’re getting stops, and we’re doing the right things defensively,” James told reporters on Tuesday.
“That’s what I told our guys after Game 2, and it was good to hear from the team after Game 1.
I was happy that they were able to see that.”
While James’ team has struggled, Lue has struggled.
He has averaged 14.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in his last four games.
He was averaging just 11.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in his first five games with the Cavs.
James is the only player averaging at least 20 points per contest with more than five assists in the postseason.
James is averaging 19.7 points in those games, and has averaged 18.7 over his last six.
James has been averaging 29.0 points in five playoff games.
The only other player to average at least 28 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs is LeBron James.
The Cavaliers have lost all five meetings with the Lakers, who have won all five.
They are 2-1 against the Lakers in the regular season, including a 106-101 overtime victory on Jan. 31.
Lue and James are averaging 24.7 and 19.3 points, respectively.
Lue has scored 24.8 per game over his past four games, shooting a combined 51.2 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from 3-point range and 37.8 in the paint.
James scored 33 points in a 113-107 victory in Game 1 and 30 points in overtime in the Cavs’ 112-105 Game 3 victory.
Luing is averaging 18.6 and 10.0 over his previous five playoff contests.
The Cavs are also looking for their fourth straight victory over a division rival.
The Lakers beat the Cavaliers 103-95 on Sunday.
They won 104-97 in Game 4 of the Lakers’ season series against Cleveland last week.