HEAT Unleash LeBron James in a New Way
The points, however, were the least impressive part. With Chris Bosh away for the first of two games following the death of his grandmother, the Heat deployed (LeBron) James in a way they’d only experimented with a little over the past season and a half.
James started at center defensively and power forward offensively, guarding Marcus Camby from the opening tip. As the game went along, he kept switching his defensive assignment as the Heat changed lineups around him. From Camby to Jamal Crawford to Wesley Matthews to Gerald Wallace to LaMarcus Aldridge to Raymond Felton to Nicolas Batum and even 7-foot-1 Joel Przybilla. James guarded them all and created problems for them, too.
When it was over, he had 11 rebounds, six assists, five steals, a block and no turnovers. Add in the points, and it was a statistical line that’s never before been seen since records for such things started being tracked in 1977.