LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers have become the punchline of many jokes during these NBA Finals, so you can't blame the three-time NBA champ for trying to deflect some of that attention elsewhere.
James fielded questions after the game, following his own strong performance.
These numbers are every bit as impressive as the 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists and 50/40/90 shooting splits, which earned him the NBA Finals MVP past year.
He ended the night with a playoff career-high of 43 points, along with 13 rebounds and five assists on an efficient 16-of-23 shooting and 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. He's posted an effective field goal percentage of 51.5 on those closely defended shots, roughly equivalent to Jimmy Butler's effective field goal percentage on all shots, open or defended, during the regular season. The Warriors team passing numbers are up from their Western Conference Finals matchup against the Houston Rockets and Durant's 11.3 potential assists per game are a big increase from both last round and his regular season numbers. According to Sportsradar's shot-making model, Durant has scored 21 more points than expected across the entire series. That's a decline of 45.9 points per 100 possessions from when he's been on the floor.
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But here we are again, with Perkins being a story following the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 3 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
It was a friendly, yet appropriate gesture between former teammates and good friends off the court after Durant's memorable performance took down Perkins' Cavs and all but eliminated them from the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year.