When idols become rivals: Celtics Jayson Tatum to play against LeBron James

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In this season's series he averaged an astounding 34.0 points, 11.3 assists, and 8.3 rebounds per game.

-LeBron James is averaging 9.4 rebounds per game.

There's no doubt that of the players on the list above, no other player was doing more for his team than what LeBron is now doing (and continues to do) for the Cleveland Cavaliers. With his Game 5 performance, Tatum is officially at 226.

There was a time when defenses would step back and invite LeBron to shoot from the outside.

While his need to be the focal point is understandable, Griffin believes both him and James could have co-existed together much like Jordan and Pippen did for the Chicago Bulls.

But the beauty of LeBron's game is his forays to the basket. His burden to be anything more than the kid from nearby Akron who grew to be the greatest player of his time was relieved. He then went on to hit a game-winner against the Raptors in the second round to put the Cavaliers up 3-0 in a series they went on to win in four games.

So he did. He ignored the double team, splitting it. Toronto calls itself The North. LeBron was The Left.

It's the usual suspects you'd expect to find on this list. We tend to favor the player that was in his prime when we were. I'm not a better defender than he is'. My kids said Mike Tyson was. His numbers will likely dip as he plays more games - though, come to think of it, maybe they will, maybe they won't. When the game was being decided, he decided it.

LeBron might be carrying the Cavs, but he can't tote them to another championship. But look what the Cavs had achieved thus far: Oust No. 4 IN in an epic seven-game struggle before eliminating Toronto via a sweet sweep.

LeBron, too, is clutch. Especially with LeBron putting on incredible performances in his 15th season, the question always gets asked regarding whether LeBron James is the greatest player of all-time or not. This season is LeBron's 15th.

Right now, these are LeBron's playoffs, and we are lucky to be witnesses.

Hurst said most polls will place the two among the top three in every category, making it hard to determine who is better.

The Lakers have been the most talked about destination for LeBron all season. I have seen Jordan, Kobe, and LeBron wreck seasons I was sure would end in a championship. "I try to save pockets of energy when I know I'm going to be needed (later)".

There's literally nothing you can show him that he can't do.

I can't imagine anybody being better.

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