LeBron James has garnered widespread criticism for his performance in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Skip Bayless, of course, is among those leading the charge against the Cleveland Cavaliers star.
James amassed a (relatively) pedestrian 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the Cavs’ 108-83 loss to the Celtics on Sunday. With that clunker fresh in mind, Bayless strolled up to the “Undisputed” desk Monday morning ready to unleash a bevy of semi-coherent takes on co-host Shannon Sharpe.
First, Bayless compared James’ Game 1 mindset to an approach often seen this season by Los Angelers Lakers guard Lonzo Ball.
Then, the typically hyperbolic, emotional Bayless opted to bring stats into the discussion.
Finally, Bayless took a shot at The King’s overblown postgame display of photographic memory.
So, does James deserve criticism for how he played in Game 1? Of course he does.
The Cavs’ supporting cast often follows the lead and takes on the identity of its leader. James was listless throughout Sunday’s game, and as a result, Cleveland’s ancillary pieces turned in nondescript efforts as well.
Still, Monday’s anti-James narrative likely will shift if he puts up a monster performance Tuesday night in Game 2.
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