Monday, April 26, 2010
NEWS FLASH!!! When LeBron James drives, good things happen
I know what you're saying. "No shit." I'm sure anyone watching a Cavs game has at one point felt exasperation when LeBron holds the ball for ten seconds and then shoots a fade-away three. We all know he can't be stopped when he decides to go to the basket, and even if he is, good things still come out of it.
Just to be sure, though, I decided to chart the result of each time LeBron drove during the Cavs' Game 4 121-98 annihilation of the Bulls. The findings are unsurprisingly positive:
1. Anthony Parker three-pointer. (assist)
2. Mo Williams three-pointer. (assist)
3. LBJ and one. (made free throw)
4. LBJ dunk.
5. Jamario Moon open three-point shot. (missed)
6. Defensive collapse around LBJ opens Anthony Parker up for a baseline drive and floater.
7. Defensive collapse around LBJ opens Antawn Jamison up for baseline drive and floater. (missed)
8. Anthony Parker three-pointer. (assist)
9. LBJ floater.
10. LBJ fouled. (made both free throws)
11. Mo Williams three-pointer. (assist)
On 11 drives, the result were points for the Cavs on 9 of them and open shots that had a better-than-50% chance of going in on the other 2. So in Game 5, when LeBron holds the ball in the triple-threat stance for 10 seconds at the top of the three-point arc, and then pulls up for that crazy fadeaway, and you scream that he should be driving because it's unstoppable, you now have empirical evidence that you are right.