LeBron James Game 3 Stats & Highlights
Tip-off for Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ABC, but you can keep it here for live updates of James’ stat-line and highlights.
LeBron James’ 2017 NBA Finals Stats
Note that these numbers are from before Game 3
First, a look at the standard numbers. Here’s a glance at LeBron’s averages through two games of the 2017 Finals, compared to his 2017 playoff numbers, his regular season numbers, and his numbers from the last two finals against the Warriors:
|’15 & ’16 Finals||32.5||12.2||8.9||1.5||2.0||4.0||44.2||33.8||51.5|
Not a whole lot of difference through these first two finals games. His turnovers are up–his eight in Game 1 were particularly troublesome–but he’s still scoring with efficiency and filling up the box score across the table. His Game 2 triple-double was his second of this postseason and eight of his Finals career, which tied Magic Johnson for most all-time.
In this year’s finals, his offensive rating stands at 101.2, which is third among the team’s starters, while his defensive rating is at 118.9, second among the starters.
What’s interesting is the way LeBron has gotten his offense. According to BBallBreakdown on Twitter, James’ touches on the elbow and in the post have gone way down during the finals:
Obviously, he’s still scoring and doing so an efficient clip, but more ISO for James–he’s averaging 12.5 field-goal attempts after three or more dribbles in the finals, up from 9.3 during the regular season–isn’t a good thing for the offense. The Cavs’ offensive rating in the regular season was 110.9, but in the finals it sits at 97.4.
Again, this blame doesn’t fall on James. It just gives you an idea of how the Cavs offense as a whole is operating, and how him putting up monster numbers doesn’t always tell the entire story.