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What’s the best LeBron James playoff stat? While We’re Waiting

Well, that was fun. The Cavaliers and LeBron James came out fresh and energized in Game 1’s 117-104 destruction of the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. As a Cleveland sports fan, that game was about as much as you could have wanted. There was no concern about too much rest. Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson had career-best playoff performances. LeBron was LeBron. And despite another off shooting night from Kyrie Irving, nothing really was that competitive.

And, just like that, it seems like it’s happening all over again. LeBron Raymone James, born December 30, 1984, is a destroyer of Eastern Conference playoff wills. During this current decade, he’s personally forced franchises to rethink their entire development strategy. Just look at the mid-2010s Indiana Pacers, last year’s Atlanta Hawks or the this year’s Toronto Raptors. The Boston Celtics, despite their youth, just may be the next forced to completely reevaluate.

With last night’s sensational victory, I felt it’d be appropriate to just list out all of the most ridiculous LeBron James playoff statistics. They’re in no particular order, but I’ll give them all different names so it’s easy to pick your favorites in the comments or on Twitter:

Stat A: LeBron James has won a road game in an NBA-record 29 consecutive playoff series (hat tip to Brian Windhorst). The last time he failed to do so was the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic.

Stat B: In a related stat, dating back to the entirety of his career, LeBron James has won a road game in 37 of his now 40 playoff series. The only two other exceptions are the 2007 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs and 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics.

Stat C: Since The Decision in July 2010, LeBron James is 81-20 (.802) in all Eastern Conference playoff games. Prior to The Decision, he was only 42-25 (.627) in his first five trips to the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Stat D: LeBron James is 74-12 (.860) in career Eastern Conference playoff home games. He has never lost more than two Eastern Conference home games in a single playoff stretch. That only occurred in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Stat E: Despite advancing to seven career NBA Finals (2007 and 2011-16) in his 11 playoff trips prior to this season, LeBron James’ teams have only captured the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed four times. Those four seasons were 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2016. The Cavs or Heat were the East’s No. 2 seed in LeBron’s other NBA Finals appearances.

Stat F: LeBron James has played by far his most career playoff games against the Boston Celtics (30 games, 18-12, .600). The next-most frequent opponents have been the Indiana Pacers (23 games, 16-7, .696), Chicago Bulls (21 games, 16-5, .762) and Detroit Pistons (21 games, 16-5, .762).

Stat G: During his four seasons and 16 playoff series with the Miami Heat, LeBron James won 10 series-clinching games at home. He only won four series-clinching games on the road. In his 24 completed playoff series with the Cleveland Cavaliers (in eight playoff trips), he only has won three series-clinching games at home. He has won 15 series-clinching games on the road. Those three games were the the 2015 East Finals vs. Atlanta, the 2010 East Quarters vs. Chicago, and the 2007 East Finals vs. Detroit.

Stat H: With last night’s Game 1 victory over the Boston Celtics, LeBron James improved to 2-10 (.167) in career playoff road Game 1s (shoutout Bleacher Report). The only prior victory occurred during the 2015 East Finals vs. Atlanta. Despite the slow start, LeBron’s teams went on to win six of those 11 completed series.

Stat I: LeBron James has never lost a playoff game against any member of the current 2016-17 Boston Celtics roster (when that player played in the game). He’s 12-0 vs. Al Horford (three prior playoff series with Atlanta), 4-0 vs. Amir Johnson (including part of the 2009 East Quarters), and 3-0 vs. Gerald Green (including part of the 2013 East Finals). He’s now 5-0 against all players who have participated in this current series and the 2015 East Quarters: Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller.

Stat J: LeBron James has won 21 consecutive Eastern Conference Quarterfinal games. His last loss took place on Game 4 on May 6, 2012, against the New York Knicks. That Knicks team included J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and a half-dozen players no longer playing in the NBA.

Do you have a favorite LeBron James playoff stat that I may have missed? Share in the comments or on Twitter and let me know.

Here are some sports-related links from around the interwebs that I’ve read recently:

  • RGB

    https://i.imgflip.com/1p71ah.jpg

    I’m still bent at Webster.
    So, G_O gets his wish.
    You had one job, Mr. Slaughter. ONE job.

  • mgbode

    Stat-A: Delonte West had that loose ball that would have secured a win in Orlando but it pushed off his fingertips instead. Doh.

    Stat-J: Oh my.

  • NankirPhelge

    And a little shout-out to 11-year Brownie Paul Wiggin (left), two-time Pro Bowler and one of the few standout DEs in team history.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0326fa726e1cd032f849036adcec9868b626ce95d70a1d071bf7e07b771e7e4e.jpg

  • Greg Popelka

    I don’t get it… ?

  • Garry_Owen
  • Garry_Owen

    Gotta go with Stat I. If only for the schadenfreude.

  • Greg Popelka

    I read the US Gymnastics article a half hour ago, and am still sickened. As a father of daughters, the idea of adults/parents allowing/encouraging children to exist in a state of vulnerability to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse is a complete outrage. WTF.

  • RGB

    Ok, so I try to choose a cool/interesting pic of the player in the Browns number countdown.
    The obvious choice for Webster would have been him high fiving with Langhorn.
    But, since he neglected his assignment on one of the most important plays in Browns history, he doesn’t get that privilege.
    He gets a boring pic, And G_O gets his request of MOAR BRENNANPABLO!

  • RGB

    Sooo, first there was Spygate!
    Then there was Deflategate!
    Now…Braingate?

  • Greg Popelka

    Thanks for that. What didn’t register was the one job thing. Kind of forgot he was supposed to block that guy.

  • NankirPhelge

    He didn’t even have to block him. All he had to do is run to the back line of the end zone and Castille would have followed him. BUT NOOOOO-OOOOOOOOO!

  • chrisdottcomm

    Stat K: The whole team giving 0 effs while simultaneously destroying teams.

    LeBron James is not here for the Isiah Thomas/Brad Stevens/Draft Lottery Celtics bullshit.

  • chrisdottcomm

    NEVER MENTION THE PED ENHANCED MAGIC IN OUR PRESENCE AGAIN.

  • Garry_Owen

    Gotta love the old days, when football was played on fields of pure milk chocolate.

  • NankirPhelge

    Yep, no artificial-turfed domed-stadium climate-controlled TV studios for these guys.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/da26cdd49ebb60df6735356a1a970870bd294d30d533998026c6b68ac9973f49.jpg

  • RGB

    Deep breaths. Deeeeeeep breaths…

  • Chris

    The 2009 Magic were PEDophiles

  • JM85

    Have two teams ever went undefeated going into the Finals? It looks like we’re heading that way.

  • Chris

    Stat K – LeBron James has a combined zero playoff losses against Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan, and Hakeem Olajuwon

    #GreatestEver

  • RGB

    Only 3 more seasons, and we get those unis back.

  • Garry_Owen

    Don’t bank on it, brother. While I hope that it’s true, they HAD BETTER NOT DO THIS THING BEFORE GOING FULL PUMPKIN, JUST ONCE.

  • RGB

    Agreed.
    I have been converted. I am now a Full-Pumpkin acolyte.

  • Garry_Owen
  • Saggy

    Full Pumpkin for their first playoff game. Book it.

  • Garry_Owen

    So we’ll have home field advantage . . . I like your optimism!

  • tigersbrowns2
  • nj0

    Ah, yes….. back when Men played the game as it was meant to be played: receivers with hands covered in epoxy, linemen with forearms covered in plaster, and everyone with a belly full of greenies. In those days spirits were brave, the atakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi GREG … it seems to be happening a lot with teachers as well … makes you wonder.

  • tigersbrowns2
  • mgbode

    JakieStats brought it up. HE DID IT! The pain, oh the pain is still fresh.

  • turns out, so did he

  • Garry_Owen
  • Garry_Owen

    Full. Pumpkin. No compromises.

    (Actually, at this point, I’d take it. Not as happily, but I’d take it.)

  • chrisdottcomm

    LEBRON JAMES NEVER LOST TO BILL RUSSELL’S CELTICS.

  • nj0
  • Eric G

    aGreed

  • @Reflog_18 "Isaiah Thomas from 20th century, Isaiah Thomas from 21st Century, Prophet Isaiah from biblical times, so what, we still sweepin" pic.twitter.com/HSzpwvRrHe— Bigg Fish (@fish_bigg) May 17, 2017

  • mgbode

    I am always shocked parents are willing to subject their children- often from early ages- to go live in some strangers prison (or gym) for 6-8 months at a time with no way of communicating with them. As if this is normal and just what is done to be an Olympic athlete.

    Good thing I don’t have those aspirations for my kids.

  • Chris

    Is a single one of those guys still on the team? I think Haden demo’d one of the sets, but I don’t see him in the pic.

  • RGB

    #58 – Kirksey

  • tigersbrowns2

    LeBron is one bad mother …

  • mgbode

    Shut yo mouth

  • tigersbrowns2

    thanks RGB … i was just getting ready to do this.

  • nj0

    It’s crazy. I can’t help but think of the Russian doping scandal and the extreme training centers for young athletes in the PRC. Something something glass houses.

  • mgbode
  • NankirPhelge

    I see what you did there!

  • tsm

    In another 30 years or so, we might even get over it. Actually, no we won’t.

  • tsm

    When the tv cameras showed the team coming out of the tunnel and I saw the look on LeBron’s face I just knew he was primed for a big game. Deadly serious, no fooling around.