LeBron James looked every bit the best player on the planet Wednesday night, attacking the rim with force, setting up teammates, defending well, putting up 38-11-9 and being a +7 for the night, and in an all-to-familiar situation that wasn’t enough. Golden State closed out the game on an 11-0 run and now have a commanding 3-0 series lead.
What does LeBron think of this version of the Warriors?
“It’s probably the most, most firepower I’ve played in my career,” LeBron said after Game 3 “I played against some great teams, but I don’t think no team has had this type of firepower. So, even when you’re playing well, you got to play like A-plus-plus.”
LeBron has faced some great teams — the 2014 Spurs, the 2007 Spurs, not to mention those late 2000s Celtics teams that kept him out of the Finals — but it’s hard to argue he’s faced a team with more firepower. I’m not sure there’s ever been an NBA team with more raw firepower (these Warriors are at least in the conversation).
Game 3 was a reminder of just how good Golden State is and how small the margin of error is for the Cavaliers. LeBron played a brilliant first quarter and went to the bench for rest his team up two and just 1:49 to the break. He came back in for the start of the second down eight. The Warriors unleashed that firepower Wednesday and they were a force.