LeBron James was nearly unstoppable in Wednesday's Game 2 win against the Raptors. He finished with a stat line of 39 points (on 10-of-14 shooting), six rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks. He even had enough time to taunt his opponents.
LeBron James just spins the ball right in front of Serge Ibaka and splashes the 3 in his eye pic.twitter.com/EfVqyFNJao— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) May 3, 2017
Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, on the other hand, struggled. He finished the game with just five points on 2-of-11 shooting, with his only makes coming in the fourth quarter.
"It sucks. It sucks. To lose like we did and play like I did sucks. It's frustrating," DeRozan said about the blowout. "Now just have the idle time of having to wait until Friday night to redeem yourself."
As for James, DeRozan said it's very difficult to defend him. He compared him to a free safety because, "He does a great job of protecting the paint and also getting out there to our shooters at the same time." He also said sometimes he's just going to play unbelievable basketball, and at that point you need to focus on other players.
"Sometimes it's not even about LeBron. LeBron is going to be LeBron. We got to key out other guys. We can't let Channing Frye go out and get 20 points. We can't let other guys like that get going," he said. "If you can find somebody to stop LeBron in these moments, I'll give you $100."
Considering DeRozan signed a $139 million dollar contract, he can probably cough up more than $100 for the secret to stopping the league's best player. But the idea remains the same: sometimes James is going to be impossible to stop, but that doesn't mean it's got to be an automatic win for the Cavs.