June 16, 2016, 11:04 pm
LeBron James scored 41 points on 16-of-27 shooting (3-of-6 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with eight rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and three blocks over 43 minutes in the Cavs’ 115-101 Game 6 win over the Warriors.
The biggest difference is his willingness to shoot the jumper in the last two games and it didn’t hurt that Andre Iguodala (back) wasn’t himself tonight. Make no mistake, however, James was a tour de force and had all facets of his game working tonight. He had just one turnover and consistently applied pressure to the Warriors on both sides of the floor.
Though he struggled early in the series, he’s getting the same type of momentum he had last year as an MVP candidate even if the Cavs lose — which is a bit of recency bias but it’s understandable with the way that he has been playing. If Iguodala can’t get close to 100 percent, he could run wild in Game 7 and take his legacy to a whole other level. Kyrie Irving (23 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks) has also improved as the series has gone on, particularly on the defensive end where he’s getting caught less often in mistakes, but generally he’s agitating Steph Curry and bringing the fastball on offense.