LeBron James has had a very tough series against the Denver Nuggets. In the first three games of the series, he averaged 23.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 48.1% from the field and an abysmal 15.8% from three.
Some members of the media have brought up the idea that this could end up being the final deep playoff run that James will see in his career and that he is squandering what could be his last shot at a ring. James started the series off extremely poorly from behind the arc, missing his first ten three-point attempts. He did not make a single three until the third game of the series.
Along with this, he has not shown the physical dominance around the rim that the NBA world has become accustomed to after watching well over a decade of James dominating the playoffs. With his back against the wall, James and the Lakers have a shot to become the first team in 149 tries to come back from a 0-3 series deficit. For this to happen, James will have to turn back the clock and shut down any narrative that he does not have enough left in the tank to be a solid contributor to a championship contender.
While the narrative of James being a bit past his prime does hold some truth, it is exaggerated purely for talking points. While James is no longer able to dominate the game as he had in previous postseason runs, he is currently 38 years old and still playing at a very high level. Along with this, he is currently playing on an injured foot that many believe will need surgery over the offseason.
While he is no longer the best player in the world, James still has a case of being the best player on the Lakers and it is hard to argue that he is not the most talented 38-year-old that the league has ever seen. He still has what it takes to completely take over a game no matter how important, and if the surgery goes well over the offseason, he could end up once again being one of the top players in the league.
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