Washed? After third straight triple-double LeBron James sends message to haters

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LeBron James just keeps winning the race against Father Time. Somehow.

Looking every bit the MVP candidate, LeBron dropped his third straight triple-double on Tuesday night, making the Chicago Bulls his latest victim. LeBron had 30 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds in the Windy City.

After the game, LeBron had a message for his doubters.

The past couple of seasons (and maybe even in the season opener against the Clippers) there were stretches it looked like LeBron had lost a step. Or, more accurately, growing stretches each game he couldn’t play at the level we’ve come to know from LeBron.

This season, that’s changed. Seven games into this season, LeBron is averaging near a triple-double — 26.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 11.1 assists per game (he leads the league in assists so far). Defensively he’s been far more active. With the shot blocking of Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard behind him, LeBron has returned to the free-safety role he thrives in on defense, using his high IQ to anticipate, make steals, and be disruptive.

LeBron has looked far more like an MVP candidate so far this season than he has a washed player.