That was certainly the ideal explanation for his underwhelming play and the Cavaliers’ struggles. If LeBron got healthy, the narrative went, his and Cleveland’s problems would fix themselves.
How accurate was that story?
In three games since returning from injury, LeBron has averaged 33.7 points (up from 25.2) on 52.3 percent shooting (up from 48.8) and 7.7 rebounds (up from5.3) per game. His assists are down and turnovers are up, but the overall picture presents a better player.
In those three games, all on the road, the the Cavaliers have lost to the Suns and beaten the Lakers and Clippers. That’s far from perfect, but that stretch certainly beats Cleveland’s run prior.
And LeBron backs up the positive numbers with an optimistic self-assessment.
LeBron, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN:
I’ve felt better in the last three games than I did the whole season
If that’s truly the case, that bodes well for the Cavaliers.