After another resounding sweep in this years NBA Playoffs last night by the Cleveland Cavaliers I figured I'd focus today's JustSON the Numbers on LeBron and the rest of the Cavs.
Lets start with how they have won all 8 of their playoff games this year. In those 8 games they have all been double digit victories with an average margin of victory at 16.8 points a game. Their defense is allowing only 78.1 points a game why the Cavs themselves are averaging 94.9 points a game. To compare that to other teams still in the playoffs and you come up with the Houston Rockets allowing 92.1 points per game.
After halftime is when the Cavs really turn it up and have been outscoring their opponent by about 5 points a game in the third quarter while allowing an average of only 18.3 points in that frame. The Cavs are also allowing opponents to shoot only 39.7% against them. They also have the largest rebounding differential at + 10.1 (next closest is Dallas at + 4.7).
It seems you always know what you will get with LeBron James, about 30 a game with 8 rebounds and 8 assists (this postseason 32.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game), but this postseason he is getting plenty of help. Along with James the Cavs are getting 14.8 points a game from Mo Williams, 13.3 per game from Delonte West and 10.8 a game from Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
The other teams in the playoffs seem to not even have a chance when LeBron is getting this type of scoring help. Really how do they try and stop a guy flying at them that is 250 pounds and is this athletic with the ability to hit open teammates who actually can make a basket?
Cleveland is one team worth watching in this seasons playoffs, just look how much fun they seem to be having out there.
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