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“I mean, he's not normal” — Victor Oladipo explains LeBron James' greatness

LeBron's response after losing Game 1 in Cleveland tells you everything you need to know about his abilities on the court.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo

LeBron James and Victor Oladipo

LeBron James has played in 266 playoff games. So, it stands to reason that a lot of players have some interesting stories to tell about facing the current Los Angeles Lakers star in the postseason.

Victor Oladipo, currently of the Miami Heat, appeared on  J.J. Redick's podcast and discussed his experience matching up against James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.

"He knew exactly what he needed to do every game because I think that playoff series, he averaged 45," Oladipo answered when asked what he learned about facing James. "And he knew which games he needed to do more, and you know, Game 1, early on, we came out, and I think we surprised everybody in winning the way we won Game 1 on the road in Cleveland. In Game 2, he went on a 15-0 run starting the game by himself. He understood what was needed of him. I think the most important part is when it was needed. I think that just goes with experience and who he is, obviously. I mean, he's not normal."

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All in a day's work for the King

While James did not average 45 points per contest in the series like Oladipo stated, the four-time MVP did record 34.4 points to go along with 10.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game.

Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers put up a gallant fight, extending the round to seven games. For his part, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged 22.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per match. He also served plenty of highlights.

But James proved to be too much. Cleveland ultimately reached the Finals that year, but got swept by the Golden State Warriors.

Leaving for La La Land

That campaign was the last time the future Hall of Famer wore a Cavs uniform. He left town the following season and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In four seasons in the Purple and Gold, James has only appeared in 27 playoff games, although he did lead the team to a title in the 2019-20 campaign.

The 37-year-old is certainly looking to make a deep playoff run this season. Will it happen? The odds are against LeBron and the Lakers.

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