The Cleveland Cavaliers were unable to overcome a series of obstacles as they lost their last three NBA Finals games against the champion Golden State Warriors.
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Small forward and four-time MVP LeBron James’ play was not enough to lift the Cavaliers over a well-rounded Warriors team.
James put on a historic Finals performance, as he came close to averaging a triple-double while averaging 35.8 points per game.
Despite his performance, James has continued to endure criticism from NBA fans and even been questioned as the best player in the NBA.
Here are five reasons why James should not be hounded for his 2015 NBA Finals showing.
5. First year with all-new Cavaliers team
Many basketball fans forget that team chemistry is an essential part to being successful in basketball, and this was a problem early on for the Cavaliers as they started their season with a 19-20 record. The Cavaliers had many new players on their team, including James and power forward Kevin Love. They eventually traded for more puzzle pieces such as shooting guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert along with center Timofey Mozgov.
Despite being surrounded with new faces, James was able to instantly mold the Cavaliers into a championship contender after the team missed the playoffs every single season since his 2010 departure, and they held three No. 1 picks in the draft during his absence. The Miami Heat didn’t exactly do so well either after losing James, as they missed the playoffs after clinching the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference.