DALLAS – Add Dirk Nowitzki to the growing list of basketball purists who are amazed at the stunning performance turned in by Cleveland superstar LeBron James during these NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
With All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sidelined with injuries, James has been absolutely phenomenal in keeping the Cavs in the best-of-seven series.
"It’s been an amazing series,’’ Nowitzki said Tuesday at the Mavs Basketball Academy Hoop Camp at Episcopal School of Dallas. "Really, I’m just amazed about what LeBron is doing.
"I think Golden State was the heavy favorites for everybody before it even started, and then Kyrie went down and LeBron still – no K-Love, no Kyrie – is keeping them in this series by playing at an unbelievable level, by basically pick-and-rolling, isolating or posting every time down. He’s the one guy that creates shots for everybody else, and what he’s been doing has been incredible.’’
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The Warriors lead this series 3-2, with Game 6 slated for tonight at 8 in Cleveland. If necessary, a Game 7 will be Friday night in Oakland.
For his part, Nowitzki isn’t counting out either team.
"I think Golden State is the better team -- they have more playmakers, they’re just way deeper, their bench is really, really good,’’ Nowitzki said. "They can go big, they can go small, I think they’ve got all these options.
"And basically LeBron is keeping Cleveland in it and made this an unbelievable almost historic Finals and its been incredible to watch.’’