Originally posted by 9erReign:
Originally posted by LA9erFan:
I think this is the best basketball post by you that I've read. Great, observant stuff here, and spot on.
Personally, I don't understand why teams still don't dare LeBron to shoot from the outside. It's not that he's a bad shooter, but their entire offense is based on dribble penetration. I'd be very curious to see what Miami would look like if they stayed at home on shooters and sagged off LeBron, daring him to put up 40-45ppg. I just don't think he's programmed to play that way. I'm not saying it would work necessarily, but I'd be curious to see if it put their overall offense on the fritz.
As a separate matter, I think it's interesting how much reverence LeBron's getting from fans in these playoffs, considering his numbers. Let me clarify...the praise is completely justified...but while his numbers are superb, 26/7/6 isn't jaw-dropping, especially considering he's playing 41mpg. It's funny, because this 26/7/6 guy is a considerably better player than the 35/9/7 guy that he was a few years back, but those numbers are usually what fans use to evaluate players.
Lol Pete got his wish.
I sure did. And all things considered, it worked pretty well. IMO, if that's how Indiana played him, they woulda won that series, because they have better athletes to execute it and a better rim protector. Miami's offense struggled quite a bit, and I'd venture to guess that it's been a hot minute since anyone's held LeBron under 45% from the field in a series.
Miami is a considerably more talented team than San Antonio, but they almost got this title with some excellent strategy. I've yet to watch Game 7, but IMO Manu's s**tty ball handling in this series was the difference between them winning and losing.
[ Edited by LA9erFan on Jun 21, 2013 at 12:03 AM ]