Video: LeBron James turns an almost-turnover into an assist to Jeff Green
LeBron James’ passing ability was on full display Wednesday night in the Mile High City in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ win over the Denver Nuggets. The Cavs forward was an all-around menace for the home team, finishing the game with 39 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists.
One of those dimes came in accidental fashion near the halfway point of the final quarter. As Kyle Korver attempted to zip a pass to a cutting James on the wing, the 6-foot-8 forward fumbled the ball, engaging in a quick tipping contest and eventually tapped the ball to a teammate, Jeff Green, for a long distance make.
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While that was obviously not one of the sets head coach Tyronn Lue runs with the team in practice, it goes to show James heads-up play that resulted in a basket for the Cavs.
Through the season, James has been averaging a career-high 9.0 assists per contest to go along with 26.8 points and 8.4 rebounds — numbers that would’ve automatically catapulted him atop the MVP conversation had the Cavs’ season wasn’t filled with ups and downs.
Regardless, this was a much-needed win for Cleveland who is by no means safe in their current spot along the Eastern Conference leaders. But as what has been proven time and again — and James has been voicing this out quite a lot — just get to the playoffs and witness another transformation from the world’s best basketball player.
Conditions are constantly changing, but James has seemed to be adapting well evidenced by his ridiculous numbers and accomplishments this season despite his age.