With 90 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Monday’s Knicks–Cavaliers thriller, LeBron James found himself isolated against Kristaps Porzingis. New York led by as many as 23 in a wacky game, but Cleveland had clawed their way back into the game and tied it at 97. Now the two teams’ brightest stars faced each other down.
James is one of the greatest scorers the league has ever seen, and there are a hundred different ways he could have attacked Porzingis. But Knicks color commentator Clyde Frazier knew exactly what he was going to do, because James does this so often.
“He’s going to shoot the three from there,” Frazier bellowed. “He likes to shoot the three from this side.”
Frazier was exactly right.
That result should look familiar. James has never had a “signature shot” because he’s never needed one. He’s used Dirk Nowitzki’s one-footed fadeaway, and he has emulated Kobe Bryant with post turnarounds, but he has never relied on a signature move in a certain situation.
Except, maybe, until now.
Don’t … let James walk into the shot
James is far from the only player who will back up to the half-court line and attack in isolation. Defenders instinctually stay on their heels so the ball handler doesn’t blow
Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2017/11/14/16649594/lebron-james-unstoppable-signature-shot-stepback-three-pointer
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