Is there any stopping LeBron?
LeBron James finished with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, three steals and three blocks in a game in which Cleveland entered the fourth quarter trailing (as they did on Tuesday at the Clippers) and made up all the ground they needed and more down the stretch to get the win. More significantly to the fantasy world, LeBron had his third consecutive triple-double. Over those three games, he hasn't only put up huge numbers in points, rebounds and assists, but he also has averaged two steals and two blocks as well.
I used this space Thursday to pay homage to the fantasy greatness of Chris Paul, who still is, at the moment, the best fantasy player in the land. LeBron is certainly in the conversation, though, and what he has done over the past three games statistically (despite not shooting well from the field) gives us a glimpse of that all-too-possible future in which LeBron throws up numbers like this for an entire season.
All of which makes it more amazing how good Chris Paul is in terms of fantasy value. The fact that CP3's combination of stats can even compare to LeBron's, much less be favorable, is completely astonishing. Still, it doesn't take much imagination to wonder how soon LeBron might be averaging a triple-double for a whole season. If that happens, even Paul will have to take a back seat to the King.
Under the boards
• Pau Gasol, Lakers: 23 points (10-for-15 FG), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks against the Spurs.|
• Tony Parker, Spurs: 25 points (10-for-18 FG), 9 assists, 2 3-pointers against the Lakers.
• Mo Williams, Cavaliers: 30 points, 6 3-pointers, 2 steals against the Suns.
• Derek Fisher, Lakers: 10 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals against the Spurs.|
• Roger Mason, Spurs: 7 points (3-for-9 FG), 3 assists, 0 rebounds, 0 steals against the Lakers.
• Delonte West, Cavaliers: 6 points, 2 assists, 7 turnovers against the Suns.