The Cavaliers have arrived here at the NBA Finals, and they’ve managed to do it in a tidy 14-game playoff run through the East. They’ve also managed to do so with second-leading scorer Kyrie Irving hobbled on a bum knee for the last half of the postseason and third-leading scorer Kevin Love out since the fourth game of the playoffs because of shoulder surgery.
Cleveland still is playing, and that’s a major credit to LeBron James, the third member of the team’s star trio, who has had to change his game this postseason in order to make up for his team’s personnel losses. James has posted 27.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists in these playoffs, but he’s had to do so by becoming a low-efficiency, volume scorer, a style of play he’s indulged only rarely in his career. James is shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 17.6 percent from the 3-point line.