Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have turned their season around after winning seven in a row. Head coach David Blatt was astonished that LeBron James isn’t always in the MVP talk.
“He’s the greatest player in our game, and he’s had, since he’s been healthy — and really all year, but particularly since he’s been healthy — his performance has been as high level as ever,” Blatt said before their game against the Pistons on Tuesday. “And you don’t have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he’s playing and not playing.”
James is averaging 30.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.0 steals in eight games since returning from taking two weeks off to rest.
“Certainly it does say something about what his value is when he is absent, what happens to the team,” Blatt continued. “But again, it’s of course what his impact on his own team but it’s also the performance that that player is having relative to the rest of the league. Obviously if we look at our own example [in James], then you’re looking at an MVP player in every respect. Which is not new news to anyone.”
“I don’t really get involved in what people say about the way I approach the game,” James told reporters Tuesday at Cavs shootaround. “I know I can play the game at a high level. I know who I am and what I’m about. So, me making an excuse about my injuries throughout the time while we were struggling would just add on to what we were going through. So, it made no sense for me to talk about it until I crossed that path.”
James has won four MVP trophies in 12 seasons.
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