Greenberg: Toronto? LeBron Owns All Of Canada

"He is doing things at a level that just don’t make sense"

Tiki and Tierney
May 04, 2018 - 5:32 pm

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And just like that, Cavs/Raptors is over. It’s not officially over, but it’s over.

LeBron James finished with 43 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds in a 128-110 beatdown of Toronto in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series Thursday, as the Raptors dropped back-to-back home games for the first time all season.

“He is doing things at a level that just don’t make sense,” NBA-TV host Jared Greenberg told Damon Amendolara, who was filling in as host of Tiki and Tierney. “Everything we talked about the last three years how he’s gotten his body and mind and team right to make the long postseason run, he did totally different this year. He flipped the script out of necessity because he didn’t have Kyrie Irving, because he didn’t have that supporting cast of dependable guys around him who he knew would be able to ride with him to the NBA Finals.”

So James played 82 games this season. And led the league in minutes. And is averaging 34.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 9.0 assists in the playoffs.

“He owns the entire country of Canada right now when it comes to basketball,” Greenberg said. “There’s no question. But it’s not because the Raptors are inferior. It’s because LeBron James is one of the greatest players, one of the greatest phenomenons, we’ve ever seen step on the court. As much as we are too much a prisoner of the moment, for whatever reason with LeBron I think we want to separate ourselves from that and not allow ourselves to recognize his absolute dominance. The team around him has no business threatening to go to the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James is the only reason why they’re in this position. He’s the only reason why for the first time this year the Raptors have lost consecutive game on their home court.”

In fact, the Raptors haven’t lost three games in a row all season. That distinction is in serious jeopardy in Game 3.

“That will probably not hold up come Saturday,” Greenberg said. “And yes, a lot of that falls on the Raptors. But talking about the Raptors is taking away from how great LeBron is. If LeBron plays the Warriors on this level, he’s going to give them a run for their money – the problem is the Warriors have some all-time greats on their team too, which is why they’re able to beat him. The Raptors don’t have that.”