Scott Fowler

Brilliance of LeBron will lift Cavs over favored Warriors

LeBrilliance.

That's what the Cleveland Cavaliers must have, every night, to upset favored Golden State and win the 2015 NBA championship.

With LeBron James playing the finest basketball of his career, however, I think it can and will be done.

LeBron's supporting cast is probably 30 percent less effective than Stephen Curry's, especially with Kyrie Irving hobbling and Kevin Love gone. But the way LeBron is playing now I am going to bet he can make this happen.

Did you see LeBron in the Cavaliers' four-game sweep of Atlanta?

"This is probably the best I've been," LeBron would say later after nearly averaging a triple-double in that rout.

LeBron's average numbers almost defy description in those four games: 30.3 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Curry was the NBA's best player in the regular season -- if I had had an MVP vote, I would have voted for him, and I'm glad that Charlotte's favorite son won the award. But LeBron has been the best player in the postseason and he will be the best player in this series.

There's no doubt the Warriors are favored in Las Vegas, as well they should be. They are deeper. They were better in the regular season. They have a matchup advantage at every position except whatever one LeBron happens to be playing on that possession.

But LeBron is having one of those otherworldly sorts of individual playoff runs, like the ones Michael Jordan put up with regularity in the 1990s and the one Dwyane Wade had in 2006 when he single-handedly carried the Miami Heat to a championship in the pre-LeBron era.

There's a reason why LeBron has now made it to five NBA Finals in a row, and we all know what the reason is. He has been the NBA's most unstoppable force for the past decade. He doesn't always win, but it takes a team effort as splendid as the one the San Antonio Spurs put up a year ago to beat whatever team he's on.

This season, with the way LeBron is playing right now? I think it's going to be Cavaliers in seven.

Fowler: sfowler@charlotteobserver.com; Twitter: @scott_fowler

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