James: Playing Power Forward ‘Taxing’
Though LeBron James is willing to play any position where he’s needed, he admitted before Game 2 on Tuesday that logging significant minutes at power forward takes a toll.
With Chris Bosh sidelined by a strained abdominal muscle, James is playing more minutes at power forward, though he continues to start at small forward. He did good work defending Pacers power forward David West for stretches of Game 2.
“It’s a lot more taxing being in there with bigger guys,” James said. Defensively “is the biggest difference. When you’re on the perimeter, there’s more space. The interior is more cramped and physical. … But I’m ready for the challenge.”
The advantage of playing power forward is that “I can get more rebounds and start the break.” James said he has played more positions this season than any of his seven years in Cleveland.