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LeBron James played an all-around great game in the NBA Finals opener, as he racked up a triple-double. Still, there were a couple of unsettling things to be found in the stat sheet.
On his way to scoring 18 points, LeBron took five three-pointers (and made only one) and got to the foul line just four times.
While he is an elite three-point shooter, LeBron is nearly unstoppable close to the rim. Plain and simple: He needs to play closer to the basket. James has to play in the post and drive to the basket more.
In Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron dominated the game by constantly attacking the paint. He finished with 16 free-throw attempts. He's also averaging eight attempts from the foul line in the postseason.
Against an excellent team like the Spurs, four free-throw attempts from James didn't cut it in Game 1 and won't moving forward.