Game preview: Sixers vs. Cavs - the battle for the third seed

Game preview: Sixers vs. Cavs - the battle for the third seed

LeBron James is playing in his 15th National Basketball Association season and doing things he had never done before, posting averages of 27.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.9 blocks on 54% from the floor, 36% from three and 73% from the line.

Cain's colleague argued against his point, suggesting that LeBron can go "anywhere he wants" and the main goal is to create a legitimate contender to take down the Golden State Warriors.

James is a terrific defender come playoff time, and he's a hell of a facilitator, but he needs way more than just shooters around him in order to take the team to the highest level, and the Cavs don't have a good defensive minded personal right now. James shot six free throws in the fourth quarter, two calls coming off drives where there was obvious contact at the rim, plus an intentional foul by the Wizards.

James is also the only player in National Basketball Association history to average at least 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for their career. He has also made the most of his political platform in moments of duress.

James scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and rallied Cleveland from a 17-point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 119-115 on Thursday night to maintain the No. 3 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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At halftime against the Sixers, James had nine points on 4-of-12 shooting and was a -13.

Despite being shorthanded, one thing is for sure - the Sixers won't be entering the game with a mindset of an underdog.

The plea is just the latest example of billboards trying to lure LeBron, a trend that Philadelphia 76ers fans started when they put up a billboard in Cleveland. That's no knock on them, and everybody seemed to understand it as they let their pulses settle back to their normal resting rates after a 132-130 win that almost ended a tenth of a second too late.

Kevin Love's return has seen the Cavaliers go 8-1 in their last 9 games. With the recent news of Kyrie Irving missing the rest of the season, the value of that third seed has risen exponentially. The Cavs would then be destined to face the Boston Celtics in the second round. It is clear, therefore than a win in tonight's matchup provides an open path to the conference finals, making this one of, if not the most important game of the season for both franchises.

He has also been the NBA Finals MVP three times while bettering that with the NBA MVP award on four occasions. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, they are still the best in the east regardless of what the seeding says.

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