We all know LeBron James’ jump shot has been the one imperfection in his game, a small foible in his game that makes sure he’s not a total cheat code. But, like, James is also a really good shooter. Maybe he won’t beat an average player in a shooting competition around the arc, but he can laugh and then bury a three in your face if he’s feeling extra mean-spirited.
And then he can do it again with an identical shot on the next possession.
I swear these are different shots that happened on back-to-back plays. It’s like those “spot the differences” brain puzzles that we all looked at as kids. The referee is walking to his spot in one, rather than already being there; James already has the ball at a standstill, rather than stepping into it; P.J. Tucker beings his box out a little deeper on Tristan Thompson. Obviously, it’s the exact same offensive set guarded by the same defense, but even past that, nearly everything in these two gifs are the same.
And James is laughing his way to the bench with six more points, knowing he’s almost guaranteed to be the new all-time NBA postseason scoring leader by the time the Cavaliers’ run ends.
Patton blossomed into one of the best two-way centers in the country as a redshirt freshman at Creighton this season. He shot 67.6 percent from the field, but his best value comes on defense. He’d be another long, quick athlete for the Bucks’ fleet.
— Harry Giles, PF/C, Duke
Giles was projected as the possible No. 1 overall pick coming into this season before more knee trouble slowed him down in his only season at Duke. He’s essentially a medical decision at this point. If he can get back to the form he showed as a recruit and stay healthy, Indiana could have a major steal here.