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Old 05-24-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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LeBron James doesn't finish well at the rim when going left? That's what Michael Jordan said in the scouting report he gave to ESPN's Wright Thompson earlier in the year.

James picked up a thrilling overtime victory at the buzzer in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers by finishing at the rim while going to his left. Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that James called out Jordan's "left-hand theory":

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"That theory is wrong, I guess," James said of the Jordan report.

James plays basketball right-handed but writes left-handed. Over the years he's gotten better going left, though at one time it was indeed considered one of the weaker parts of his game.

Here's James' game-winning layup where he finished with his left hand, after driving left against Paul George, with only seconds left in overtime:



If the Pacers agreed with Jordan's evaluation prior to Game 1, they have every reason to disagree after losing to James' left hand in overtime. The NBA's MVP can not only drive to his right or left, but he can finish with either hand, too. Go figure.

http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/5/2...-playoffs-2013

You got a wide open layup Lebron, of course you drove you left and finished a layup. There wasn't one person between him and the rim.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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He got game winning layup from driving to the left between 3 people about a week after that "observation" by MJ.

MJ's evaluation of talent and skills is as believable and trustworthy as his ability to carry team without HOfers
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I'm not even going to look it up to see if its true, but I would assume that if you did, LeBron would probably be statistically the best at finishing left in the NBA.
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He got game winning layup from driving to the left between 3 people about a week after that "observation" by MJ.

MJ's evaluation of talent and skills is as believable as his ability to carry team without HOfers


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Old 05-24-2013, 11:57 AM   #6
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:57 AM   #7
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Lebron drives in and finish left ALL THE TIME......
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Lebron drives in and finish left ALL THE TIME......

Yes, but I think you'd rather he go left than right. I get the feeling some people here have never really played basketball outside of their game console.
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Yes, but I think you'd rather he go left than right. I get the feeling some people here have never really played basketball outside of their game console.
According to Synergy Sports, when James went left on isolations this season he shot 56.3 percent (63-for-112) from the floor. When he went right, he shot 48.5 percent (47-for-97). Among the 52 players with at least 50 isolation drives going left, James had the best efficiency in the league. The data shows James drives left 51 percent and goes right 49 percent.
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Why are people all of a sudden saying "see, LeBron CAN finish wih the left" after he last game? That last play didn't prove anything... it was a wide open lay up.
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I'm not even going to look it up to see if its true, but I would assume that if you did, LeBron would probably be statistically the best at finishing left in the NBA.

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According to Synergy Sports, when James went left on isolations this season he shot 56.3 percent (63-for-112) from the floor. When he went right, he shot 48.5 percent (47-for-97). Among the 52 players with at least 50 isolation drives going left, James had the best efficiency in the league. The data shows James drives left 51 percent and goes right 49 percent.
Par for the course.
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According to Synergy Sports, when James went left on isolations this season he shot 56.3 percent (63-for-112) from the floor. When he went right, he shot 48.5 percent (47-for-97). Among the 52 players with at least 50 isolation drives going left, James had the best efficiency in the league. The data shows James drives left 51 percent and goes right 49 percent.
How many of these were lay ups and how many were jump shots?

Shooting when going left is easier for a right hander.
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Yes, but I think you'd rather he go left than right. I get the feeling some people here have never really played basketball outside of their game console.
Not really. He goes left just as much as he goes right and I'm sure he's just as efficient at finishing.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:07 PM   #15
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How many of these were lay ups and how many were jump shots?

Shooting when going left is easier for a right hander.
You're missing the point. Jordan says forcing LeBron left forces him to shoot because he can't Finnish left. Turnsout, LeBron is the best at finishing left in the NBA.

As usual, every popular criticism about LeBron is factually and statistically wrong.
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