Australian basketball legend Chris Anstey believes LeBron James’ lack of offensive aggressiveness in the dying stages of Game 3 displays how much fatigue he is experiencing.
The Golden State Warriors took a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers with the eight-point victory, becoming the first team in NBA history to take a 3-0 lead in consecutive finals.
Despite James scoring seven points in the final six minutes of the game, Anstey was surprised by his willingness to pass the ball in clutch situations.
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“LeBron James wasn’t quite at his best but I found it interesting down the stretch that he didn’t shoot the ball in the last two minutes of the game,” he told SEN Afternoons.
“He deferred to Kevin Love, JR Smith took a bad one. He just didn’t demand the ball to be in his hands down the stretch and I think everyone in the world wanted it to be.
“He is tired. Maybe it is one step too far for even the greatest basketball player on the planet right now to overcome the Golden State juggernaut.”
Game 4 of the series will take place Saturday morning at 11:00am AEDT.
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