Everyone focused on his offense, which was great as always, but it was his defense that won the most important game and ultimately the series. He certainly does not owe the team or city anything anymore. And the sad truth is that LeBron might have to face the Warriors again in the Finals in this year's playoffs and have a tough decision to make in the offseason of where to play for years to come. It's unclear if Draymond saw this specific reply, but the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year clearly saw some of the reaction because he tweeted again. Durant and the Warriors held on to win. Tie Passing— This goes to James, hands down.
The contrast could not have been sharper. Advantage: LeBron Intangibles Andrew D. Durant's ability to knock down three-pointers with 38% as a seven footer makes him a pure shooter who can easily score from any available position. He has now played in six games with the Warriors. Follow him on Twitter Stop the presses.
There were conflicting reports this past summer of James reaching out to Durant to gauge his interest in signing with the Lakers for this season. In eight games since Curry went down against the New Orleans Pelicans, Durant has averaged 30. Only, Durant was at James' mercy on the scoreboard over and over. Thompson might or might not play, but the Lakers will have an All-Star of their own back in the rotation. This man has been absolutely dedicated to the game of basketball and has given it everything he has.
LeBron has proven to be an unquestioned leader with unparalleled gravity every year since coming to the League. I mean, everybody knew that besides Portland, I guess. Nothing is certain in this game. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Nonetheless, he did his part, averaging 35. It's a different rivalry, true.
Certainly, we have never seen a physical package quite like him, with a body like a running back, the strength of an olympian, and the speed of a gazelle. Durant is one of the best pure shooters in the history of the game, and his ability to consistently knock down three-pointers as a 7 footer make his shots virtually unblockable for any other human being. To know our policy or to deny the consent for cookies use. Same is true in Golden State. Send me a special email on my birthday. The 6-9, 240-pound Durant gives the Warriors the additional rim protection they need, while the basketball-savant LeBron gives his young Lakers the vocal coach on the floor that their defense so desperately needed. .
He is not as good as Durant when it comes to scoring free throws and three-pointers with 34% and 74% respectively. Durant has outmaneuvered James, a man who virtually never gets outmaneuvered. Durant is also a better free throw shooter, with a blistering 88%, which makes him more dangerous in the late stages of close games. It is a question nobody would ask had Kevin Durant remained in Oklahoma City. Durant had a problem and he solved it, regardless of what anyone has ever said or will say.
James Overall, LeBron is the better player. Over the course of his career, LeBron has put averages of 7. Send me a special email on my birthday. We moved on from there. As James compiles his Dream Team, he will surely be thinking: If only retooling the Lakers was this easy. He was able to do the impossible and defeat the Warriors down 3-1 in the series but lost the other two times.
The one man that stands in his way to Everyone remembers what happened last year in the Finals when Durant outplayed James, according to critics and fans. As for a potential pairing of James and Durant on the Lakers, the possibility has yet to be truly ruled out, even if it seems unlikely. Shortly after the when discussing not making the All-Star Game, Draymond Green took to Twitter. Leonard would go above Durant because of his impact on the team as a whole and his defense. Only now, James has been at Durant's mercy on the scoreboard over and over. What are you going to do about it? They've trained together in summers, played flag football together and, right now, are competing in a wonderful battle to be the biggest philanthropist in the league. If you do, he scores at the line, putting your guy in foul trouble.
Durant is able to lock down opposing guards, forwards and even some centers, checking players of the likes of James Harden and LeBron James himself. In fact, if Durant continues on his same upward overall trajectory, he will eclipse LeBron quite easily within the next two years. We can be at home in front of our families right now. When it comes to player rivalries of today, James versus Durant is a big one and has the potential to grow into one of the best the league has to offer since Magic versus Bird. All- first team, LeBron wins 11 to 5. While the picks weren't officially released, it's believed that James chose Durant first overall in this season's All-Star draft.