Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Game 3 - Complete LeBron Collapse

When you are going 2 of 13 and getting your shot blocked by Danny Green, you are killing your team.

What the Spurs learned from watching the Pacers-Heat series is that you give LeBron a lot of room going right because he will seldom if ever shoot a jumper on the move going right.  He has to stop, set himself, and shoot.  By then you can reach him.  The Spurs are going under ball screens by 5-6-7 feet, leading Jeff Van Gundy to say that they are playing James like they would play Rajon Rondo.  They are playing Dwyane Wade the same way.

When James gets a ball screen left, the Spurs are playing him up more, since he likes to shoot going left. 

The most amazing part of the defense is the Spurs' ability to judge where James is going on the fast break.  They seemingly know what he is going to do before he does it, resulting in charges or blocked shots or simply LeBron jacking up some awful runner.

James, for his part, has picked an awful time to stop shooting jumpers and to start missing certain wide open shots he is large margins.

In the 2011 Dallas series, James looked confused and hesitant.  In this series he looks hesitant.....and bad.

We shall see whether he can turn it around in Game 4, but he has a long, long way to go to even reach mediocrity on the offensive end.


K said...

Did you have tears in your eyes writing this post?

Al Swearengen said...

Not at all. HM was simultaneously preparing some gratuitous, pro-James "bounceback" game post, to be added to the blog on Friday, in anticipation that James will almost certainly play better tomorrow night.

K said...

Whatever spin HM needs to put on his Lebron man-crush!

Al Swearengen said...

This is no man-crush. HM says this is "true love."

K said...

Sorry, my bad. Oh, now I remember- KG is a man-crush. Lebron is true love. Got it!