LeBron turned in another stellar individual effort against the Blazers with 35 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals, but no other Cavs player reached the 20-point plateau. The latter lasted only a couple of months in OH, before the Cavs traded him, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. While both are likely true, Nurkic's teammates applauded the big man's bravery and effort for having the courage to sacrifice himself for the best dunk of the year.
"If you're a true basketball [mind], which there's not a lot of true basketball minds and people who understand, but for me, I understand it and I know", James said.
"We talk about it all the time", Ed Davis said, per OregonLive.com. And the question is: When they come in the lane, what are you going to do? "But him as a leader of his team, he's got those guys in position to fight in the West". It would have been a completely different story had Nurk seen him coming and moved out of the way.