To understand what went wrong tonight in Portland, all one needs to do is looked at the stat sheet. I don’t care if you play the best or worst team in the NBA, if you shoot 36% from the field you aren’t going to win many games. For the second time in three games Lebron James looked uncomfortable in the offense, often seeming unsure where his teammates were supposed to be. Lebron is a rhythm player, and once again he couldn’t find his shot as the team struggled to execute the offense. For multiple stretches of the game Lebron and Kyrie took turns dribbling for too long and taking their defender one on one which as we learned from the Mike Brown era is not a recipe for success. Growing pains are growing pains and right now we are seeing what that looks like. Miami went through the same thing in the beginning of their multiple finals runs. Time will tell if this team can put the puzzle together, and if they do don’t be surprised if you see a playoff ready team looking to make a statement.
|36.5%||42.9%||78.6%||TEAM REBS: 7||TOTAL TO: 14|
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