LeBron James: How He Closes

March 17th, 2010 by Karl Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant has been appropriately lauded for his phenomenal game winning shots.  That's as it should be.  But tonight, LeBron James demonstrated against the Indiana Pacers that he has his own way of closing games. 

With four minutes, seven seconds left in the game, the Pacers had closed to within one (88-87). 

At that point, LeBron simply asserted his tremendous physical abilities to impact the game and put it away for Cleveland, making spectacular plays at both ends of the floor, and generating an almost unbelievable level of energy after 44 minutes of basketball. 

It started with Brandon Rush driving past LeBron towards the right baseline.  Like he had twice against Paul Pierce on Sunday, LeBron followed the driver and then with tremendous speed and elevation blocked the attempted layup against the backboard, sending it back to be recovered by Anderson Varejao. 

Rush had been looking to give the Pacers the lead.  Not this time; not in this house.

At the other end, LeBron dished to Varejao for a quick bucket.  Cavs by three with 4:01 left.  Next Anderson and LeBron sort ...

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