Yeah, yeah: LeBron James beat the Raptors at the buzzer in Game 3 — but that’s just because he’s a dramatist like Shakespeare and the Raptors are LeBron’s Globe Theater. Suspicions abound that he could have gotten greater separation earlier in the game, but what fun is that?
After all, this is a recurring theme. LeBron used the Raptors gym to become the youngest NBA player to score 50 when, at age 20, he dropped 56 on Toronto in 2005. Thirteen years later, same old song. James’ career playoff record against the Raptors was 8-2 before this series started. Heading into Game 4 he’s 11-2. He was averaging 30 points a game, but it’s more than that now, since he’s putting up 36 per in this series.
How about this stat? In the playoffs against Toronto LeBron was already averaging 60% shooting for his career. James has been specific about his desire to buy an NBA franchise in the future, and join Michael Jordan as the top GOAT-contenders to become owners. In one sense, he’s already there: LeBron already owns the Raptors. Just as Jordan owned the Knicks.