Cavs say LeBron James was slighted in MVP, All-NBA: 'Nobody roots for Goliath' – CBSSports.com

BOSTON — “Somebody’s trippin’,” Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson yelled to the locker next to his. Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was talking about LeBron James being left off one media member’s All-NBA First Team, and Thompson interrupted to succinctly sum up the team’s opinion on the matter. 

James also finished outside the top-3 in Most Valuable Player voting — Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard were announced as the three finalists during TNT’s pregame show for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. While these honors are to reward regular-season excellence, the performance that followed made it hard to argue there is a better player on this planet than James.

The reigning Finals MVP scored 30 points on 12-for-18 shooting with seven assists, four rebounds, three blocks and four steals in 33 minutes. He led the Cavaliers to a 130-86 victory over the Boston Celtics, taking a 2-0 lead in the series. 

James’ teammates, of course, seemed flabbergasted by the results. A couple of them pointed to the fact that Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal could have won more MVPs in their respective primes. Perhaps simply because voters were bored of picking them. 

“I think it started with Shaq,” Cleveland forward Richard Jefferson said. “It started with Shaq where every year he was the most dominant guy. Every year, you had to game plan. Every year there were teams going and signing guys to million-dollar contracts to compete against them, and he was just dominant, winning three championships, and he only had, what, one MVP? It started then. And like they say, nobody roots for Goliath.”

“It’s almost like when Jordan was playing, he could have won it every year but they wanted to give it to somebody else,” Smith said. “But it’s fine. I mean,

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