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Rookie OG Anunoby not backing down from challenge LeBron James presents

LeBron James, OG Anunoby

LeBron James is one of the best in the world and can be an intimidating presence even to NBA veterans, but that isn’t the case for anyone.

Rookie OG Anunoby is going to have his hands full trying to guard The King in the second round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that doesn’t mean he is scared or backing down from the challenge.

He told Josh Lewenberg of TSN that even though James is strong, he feels he is strong too, and he is going to do everything in his power to try and wear him down.

For Anunoby at the beginning of the season, he wasn’t getting a ton of run with the Raptors, but he has carved himself out a nice little role with the top-ranked team in the East. He has played in 74 games averaging 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. He shot 47.1 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from deep.

In this series, though it’s not going to be at all about his offensive stats. The Toronto Raptors’ success relies a lot on how much Anunoby can disrupt and slow down LeBron. James is too good and he will get his points, but if the Raptors can even slow him down a little bit the way the rest of the team has been playing it could be a pretty easy series.

The two teams will start their best of seven series on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. eastern time at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.