Lebron Doesn’t Show Up for the Finals
LeBron James and Dwayne Wade were the 55th and 56th players in NBA history to play in the NBA Finals following a regular season in which they averaged at least 25 points per game. Although Wade scored in the Finals (26.5 points per game) at a slightly higher rate that he had during the regular season (25.5), James’s scoring average fell from 26.7 points per game during the season to 17.8 during the Finals.
James, however, was not merely the 27th of those 56 players (who had averaged at least 25 points during the regular season) whose scoring average in the Finals fell short of his regular-season average, but LeBron’s scoring decline, by 8.9 points, was the largest such decline by any 25-point scorer in NBA history. The largest previous decline by any of those 56 players was by Wilt Chamberlain with the San Francisco Warriors. After averaging 36.9 points per game in the 1963-1964 regular season, he averaged 29.2 points in the 1964 Finals against Bill Russell and the Celtics. No other player had a decline as large as six points per game.
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