Miami continues its homestand on Sunday, playing host to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, who have won seven of their last nine games.
While he’s been sensational all season — sweeping the Eastern Conference player of the month awards so far, almost certainly moving to the front of the class in the MVP balloting once again and once again averaging more combined points, assists and rebounds (42.0) than anyone else in the league — James has been particularly hot of late.
Starting in the fourth quarter of Miami’s game last weekend at Toronto, James has generated 102 points on 47 shots. How off-the-charts effective is that? Remember, if he went 47-for-47 on 2-pointers alone and did nothing else, that would only add up to 94 points.
His “bad” game in the past week was an 11-for-18 showing against Houston. He shot 13 for 14 against Charlotte on Monday, the lone miss coming on a layup attempt where he appeared to get fouled. Against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, he shot 9 for 11.