Lebron James admitted 1 thing to Luka Doncic after their deathmatch, and that is…:
But it was the King who got the victory with the help of a genius play call that took it into overtime, that I will break down for everyone. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
To understand what happened at the end, we need to backtrack a little and see how the game developed. Trust me it will all make sense in 1 minute.
First of all, One of the reasons why James told Doncic what he told, is this- he absolutely dominated the Lakers off the Pick and Roll.
Right off the start, Luka gets the screen, keeps the dribble and attacks Mcgee, giving enough time to Powell to roll and the easy dunk on the first play.
When the Lakers adjusted and rotated down low as you see Kuzma right here, look at this quarterback vision and passing skills by Doncic to deliver a pass right on the money for the open 3. This is some Jason Kidd stuff right here done by a sophomore.
Again, in crunch time, he doesn’t panic, stays patient as he receives the screen and look at this slow attack before the lob, just in time for Powell to catch and finish. Crazy control of the pace.
Oh, and if you don’t wanna switch and help out on the screen, you know that this is what’s going to happen.
Doncic finished with a triple double of 31/13 and 15. Monster numbers!
But getting back to the game, all of this that I showed before, is why Dalas got the lead with 30 seconds to go.
As Powel sets the screen and rolls, all that Luka has to do is a little pass fake, and causes Davis to react opening up the opportunity for a blow by and a layup. So as he goes inside, the entire LA lineup closes down the lane for him, leaving a wide open shooter in the corner, and Dorian Finney Smith hits this clutch 3 pointer giving the Mavs the lead.
All this plus a missed free throw at the end, kept the door open at 3 point deficit and finally set up the play that saved the Lakers in this game.
So here’s the thing: Lebron was outmuscling and outrunning the Mavs throughout the entire game, on his way to his own triple double. 39/12 and 16 unreal numbers for the king. It was pretty simple. Blowing past big guys with his speed like he does right here. And barreling his way to the rim whenever he had a quicker but smaller guy on him as you can see right here.
So on that final play Dalas was right to be focused on him. But it was a bit too much.
As he gets the ball and starts his drive, there are less than 4 seconds on the clock, probably about 2 by the time he lays it in. So with no time outs left for the Lakers, why are the Mavs afraid of these 2 points? Check this out:
Maxi Kleber rotates to help, and meanwhile, Howard sets a screen, and in this situation gets away with a blatant and horrible foul, which gives Danny Green an open look in the corner.
The more basketball savy viewers already recognize this play called a Hammer, which Popovich ran it a lot for Danny Green himself in San Antonio.
It’s a misdirection play for the shooter to receive a screen in the corner as the defense is focusing on the strong side.
I love these genius little tricks by the coaches at the end of games, which obviously can produce brilliant results. But again, I have to stress the foul that went uncalled here in this situation and cost Dalas the game.
In OT, the dynamic duo of Lebron and AD was too much to handle, as the Lakers were able to come up with the victory at the end, but great effort and great start overall by Luka Doncic and the Mavs overall who I really need to do a dedicated video on, to break down their strong start this season.
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2. nov. 2019