LeBron James has put together one of the best six-game stretches in NBA history.
The Miami Heat have won their last six games while LeBron became the first player in NBA history to score at least 30 points and shoot 60 percent from the field in six straight games.
The most amazing thing about LeBron in these last six games – and really all season – has been his efficiency. He’s only averaging 15.3 field goal attempts per over his last six games and shooting 71.7 percent from the field.
The next game for the Heat and LeBron will be on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow night at 8 p.m. EST on TNT.
Will LeBron’s historic run end against the Thunder?
Well, they have as good of a chance as anyone to slow down LeBron. LeBron was the MVP of the NBA Finals vs. the Thunder last season but he didn’t exactly shoot lights out from the field.
LeBron averaged 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists per in five games vs. the Thunder in the Finals but shot just 47.2 percent from the field. There’s nothing wrong with those numbers of course but 47 percent is a lot lower than 71 percent or what LeBron shoots against most other teams.
Kevin Durant actually was the ridiculously efficient shooter in the Finals last year making 54.8 percent of his shots. He has been that way against the Heat consistently since LeBron joined them. Durant didn’t get to the free throw line enough (6.2 times per game) or have the ball enough in that series though.
LeBron dominates the Thunder in a different way than how he has been dominant of late. He will probably be needed to shoot more than 15 times tomorrow night for the Heat to beat the Thunder in OKC. He shot 21.6 times per game in the Finals against the Thunder and attempted 9.2 free throws per game as well.
When the Thunder and Heat played earlier this season on Christmas Day down in Miami, LeBron had 29 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as the Heat won 103-97. He shot 12-for-20 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
LeBron has shot over 50 percent from the field vs. the Thunder just once since joining the Heat. He has shot exactly 50 percent against them three times though.
The Thunder are pretty well equipped to handle LeBron. Durant and Thabo Sefolosha will check him for most of the game while Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka make sure he doesn’t get anything easy inside.
LeBron will probably have to settle for more jumpers than he has been lately vs. the Thunder tomorrow. The times when he will get looks inside will come from post-ups and in transition.
All eyes are going to be on the stars tomorrow, LeBron and Durant. The outcome of the game is of course the most important thing but so is LeBron’s historical streak. If it’s the Thunder that win and end LeBron’s mighty run, that will mean a little bit more than the usual victory.