LeBron James finished one assist shy of a triple-double in his team’s Game 1 loss to the Bulls, and posted a statistical line of 19 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and three steals.
But he shot just 9-of-22 from the field, committed six turnovers and (perhaps most egregiously) didn’t attempt to take over nearly enough offensively on a night where Cleveland was missing two legitimate threats from its starting lineup.
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Jimmy Butler did an outstanding job defensively on James, and was on him for 73 of 75 possessions where the two shared the floor. LeBron shot 7-of-18 with five turnovers when Butler was his primary defender, according to ESPN Stats + Info, and Butler also was able to score nine points in the final period to help close the Cavaliers out.