Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks (6-3) gave LeBron James and the Miami Heat (8-3) plenty of problems last season -- the Bucks won the season series, 2-1 -- but can they replicate that success this year? In one of the most memorable games last season, LeBron James had a hand in 31 of Miami's first 42 points and he alone outscored the Bucks 24-23 in the first quarter at the Bradley Center on Feb. 1, but Brandon Jennings hit 5-of-7 threes in the second half and helped the Bucks emerge with the 105-97 win.
LeBron has played 33 games against the Bucks in his career, and he holds per-game averages of 29.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists against Milwaukee. That might seem high, but those marks are right around his career averages (27.6 pts, 7.2 reb, 6.9 ast). In case you didn't already know it, LeBron James is the best basketball player on the planet.
Here's a bit from my Heat season preview that helps explain what LeBron has done to get even better over the past few seasons:
Kirk Goldsberry of CourtVision has provided everyone with the opportunity to see LeBron's transformation from the early years to 2012 (via courtvisionanalytics.com):
LeBron James is going to work from the left block until somebody stops him. Here's the thing: nobody can stop him if he works from the left block consistently.
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