They were both incredibly clutch. We saw Lebron make a couple of those blocks during the game, but the end of game of the Iguadola block was what made it so significant(Iggy should have dunked it) Irving's shot we had not seen him do often. He had some huge scoring games in the Cavs's wins, but he is a better shooter of twos than threes, especially threes off the dribble. Lue should get credit for calling that play instead of the expected play for Lebron. Curry did a decent job of defending, but is not as long as Thompson with whom he was forced to switch.
LeBrons block was a very good play, similar to what MM did a number of times. LeBron had a few of those types of blocks in the playoffs. Irving's 3 was the play of the playoffs, time, score and situation (game 7 on the line) says it all to me. The Cavs don't win with either player out...
Kyrie's shot was unbelievably clutch to be sure, but it was also something that happens 5-6 times a game. LeBlock is the kind of thing you see 5-6 times a season, and would have been a showstopping play regardless of when it occurred.
Do you think the ball hit the backboard before LeBron blocked it? I thought super slow mo clearly showed that he blocked it prior to it touching the glass.
He definitely got it before it touched the board, but I thought he came dangerously close to pinning it against the board (which also constitutes interference). He got his hand off the ball quickly, but there was a split-second there where it looked to me like the ball was in contact with both hand and board.
Bill Russell made blocks like lebrons on a nightly basis
This seems pretty hyperbolic. Admittedly I never got to watch Russell on a regular basis, but my first job out of college was as a video logger/editor for NBA TV. At one point we did a full half-hour show on Russell which included a ton of old game footage, including an entire segment on his defense, so I sifted through dozens of old clips of his blocks. I don't remember ever seeing one he made that compares to LeBron's, in which he tracked a smaller, faster opponent from halfcourt and stapled the layup attempt.
Besides, if we're going to discount LeBlock because of frequency of similar plays, dozens of lesser players make shots like Irving's every week in the NBA.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2016 13:15:04 GMT -5 by clmetsfan