Posted December 19, 2013

Video: LeBron James works over Luis Scola for a power dunk

David West, Indiana Pacers, LeBron James, Luis Scola, Miami Heat, Rob Mahoney

Upon drawing a power forward or center on a mismatch, it’s not uncommon for a skilled perimeter player to force up a seemingly open jumper. That’s not a terrible choice, per se, due to the space often provided. But under the circumstances it’s hardly preferable, as one would think a quicker player capable of attacking off the dribble to either score or create an open look elsewhere on the floor.

Rest assured: LeBron James got the memo. After hoisting up a three on the first occasion he drew Luis Scola on a switch, James took a more aggressive tact to his second attempt. First he ordered Allen to the strong side corner, creating enough room to work in isolation. Then, after measuring up the slow-footed Scola, he plowed into him and pulled back briefly before streaking toward the rim. David West did his best to step over in time, but could manage only to rotate into the general vicinity and swipe at James — a futile effort against such a powerful finish, and one that resulted in a foul atop James’ dunk. Well done, LeBron, and condolences to both Scola and West.

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