Game 4 stats. 6-19 shooting 31%. Finished with 23 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 turnovers.
Game 5 stats. 11-22 shooting 50%. Finished with 26 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 turnovers.
Game 6 stats. 5-19 shooting 26%. Finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 turnovers.
He finished the series shooting 41%, 27 points per game, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Now let’s assume these stats belong to a certain player from Cleveland. Let’s say he finished the NBA Finals with stats like this against a team that he was favored to win against but won. What would the narrative be? Would it be that he underperformed? He got lucky? Kyrie bailed him out and is the real star of the team? He isn’t clutch?
I could imagine that he would be dragged unmercifully by the media. The hot takes on sports news and on social media would be crazy. He isn’t on Kobe’s level. He isn’t great, the league is week. He finally played against a good team and lost because the Eastern conference was weak. Michael Jordan would never!
Lol but he did.
These are the stats of Michael Jordan’s during the 95-96 NBA Finals. A season where his team won 72 games. He played in the Eastern conference who at the time had one team with 60 wins, one with 52 and no other team had over 50 wins. There were also 2 added expansion teams that year, the Grizzlies and Raptors. I often wonder how strong the NBA was back then?
Just random questions. I’m not one of those LeBron is the greatest of all time guys. Not yet at least. I’m also curious as to why you can’t be a fan of both players? Why must it be either or?
I get the arguments you make. Jordan was 6 for 6 in the NBA Finals. That’s cool but out of his 14 years in the league that means he didn’t make it to the finals 8 times. So is making the finals and losing worse than not even making the finals? So if we go with more rings doesn’t that mean Bill Russell is the greatest ever, not Jordan?
Then again Jordan always made the clutch shot at the end. Remember Game 6 over Russell and the steal on Malone? Meanwhile last year Bron gave the ball to Kyrie and he is the one who made the last shot. I know Jordan would never…except that time against Phoenix when Paxson made the last shot and against Utah when Kerr made it.
Lol but you’re right, Bron had 2 other All Stars in Miami and now two in Cleveland. I guess we can ignore Jordan’s Hall of fame coach and all star teammates such as Pippen, Rodman, hell even Kukoc and Horace Grant were a problem.
I could go on and on but what’s the point. I just wish people would judge more logically and equally. Especially as we watch Bron play against 3 of the 15 All NBA players and Klay Thompson. His 7th straight finals appearance (8 total) smh. Seriously though, judge MJ like you judge Bron, also take a look at Jordan’s first 8 years in the league. Great stats but let’s look at his playoff history as well. It just might surprise you.
Lol ok I’m done, enjoy the finals.