Ezra Shaw via USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James
According to Second Spectrum tracking data, LeBron James is averaging 3.72 miles per hour on the court during the playoffs, the third-slowest player this postseason to average at least 10 minutes per game. However, no one would call the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar slow.
What the data tells us is that King James takes plays off, which means he finds time during game action to rest. Who can blame the guy? LeBron is in his 15th season, played all 82 regular-season games for the first time in his career and is averaging 41.7 minutes per game in the playoffs.
Game 3 of the NBA Finals is Wednesday (9 p.m. ET). Each team will have three days to rest and recover, which should benefit LeBron the most, given his mileage. But does the data back up this theory? Using Bet Labs, I pulled every game in LeBron’s playoff career to find the optimal time to bet the four-time MVP.