Ben Simmons produced like a facsimile of James with 27 points (on 12-of-17 shooting), 15 rebounds and 13 assists.
Much like the other major USA sports leagues and their counterparts across the world-such as England's Premier League, Australia's National Rugby League and the Spanish and Italian main soccer leagues-the NBA does not now have any female head coaches.
The stage and stakes were at their biggest, a pivotal match-up against an accomplished opponent providing the ultimate late-season test for a young team on a roll, and on the rise.
Naturally, when things don't go James' way, everything tends to heathen up a little, and several reports state that the King has had it with "The Land" and is more than ready to opt out of the previous year of his deal and just pack his bags and walk away again.
James is also the only player in National Basketball Association history to average at least 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for their career. After all, a 3-1 head-to-head advantage would be extremely tough to waste, especially considering the fact that the rest of the Cavs' schedule features two games against the Knicks. Kyrie Irving is the best clutch player in the National Basketball Association: there is no one even close to matching his repertoire of moves in isolation play, and he is deadly from every range.
If Philadelphia wins, the Sixers will overtake Cleveland for the East's No. 3 seed by a half-game and even the season series at 2-2.
Besides that, Kevin Love is returning to the lineup, and that could pose certain matchup problems for the Sixers.
Despite being shorthanded, one thing is for sure - the Sixers won't be entering the game with a mindset of an underdog. "You don't get to see players like him often".
The good news is, by beating LeBron, the Sixers took a huge step toward ensuring that they would not have to face him in the postseason until the conference finals. They've struggled against sub-par teams all year and while they should win, they'll have to struggle for it, especially coming off a tough game against the Cavs the night before. Predating Lue's departure, they've won nine of the last 10, including seven in a row at home. They've had a miserable season and have lost two straight (both to Miami) and seven of eight games.
He has also been the NBA Finals MVP three times while bettering that with the NBA MVP award on four occasions.