For the series, James averaged 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.6 steals en route to Finals MVP honors.
“LeBron was on a level that not too many players ever were on,” Brooks said. “I thought we did the best we could do.”
OKC will have to do better.
The Thunder and Heat are widely projected to be on a collision course for a Finals rematch. And unless the Thunder can slow down James the next time around, a different outcome is hard to envision.
“You can't just throw anybody on him,” Durant said. “But I think we're athletic enough and quick enough to help and get out on the shooters and contest shots. We just got to make it tough on those guys. That's all we can do. I think our defense is built for that. If we get out to the shooters and contest shots and rebound then we'll give ourselves a chance. But it's easier said than done. We just got to go out there and do it.”
Durant insists he's ready for another round with the league's toughest riddle.
“I got my work cut out for me,” Durant said. “But it's a great challenge. I'm looking forward to it.”