LeBron again commands in timeouts – paints combinations for himself
After winning Game 1 of the series against Memphis, the Lakers predictably took a day off in Game 2. By the beginning of the third quarter, Anthony Davis’ team was 20 points behind and failed to organize even a semblance of an intriguing ending – 93:103.
The only one who sweated (well, or scored statistics in a lost match) is LeBron James, who could not help but give his best (he has 28 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 12 of 23 in 39 minutes), as he was provoked by the entire match local troll Dillon Brooks.
Both dispersed, satisfied with themselves.
James scoffed at his opponent the whole game – he put his only three-pointer through him, beat him with his back several times, easily attacked from the dribble. Brooks sat on fouls the whole game and spent only 22 minutes, and against the slow David Roddy, LeBron was easier.
Brooks, on the other hand, was habitually disgusting ( not only with his outfits ), but also with a ratio of greyness to utility – 5 out of 14 from the game. However, he converted two three-pointers that closed the questions about the winner, after which he pranced in front of the “old man” like a regimental horse that had drunk a bucket of vodka.
The most interesting part of this tiresome duel happened towards the end. James pulled the Lakers with all his might and in a timeout 4 minutes before the siren completely took the initiative from head coach Darwin Ham. Commentators immediately said that they were told by a specialist before the match: “If LeBron has a good idea, then we will use it, of course.”
What was the idea?
James once again outwitted an overconfident Brooks. He showed that he was not going to attack himself, but only offered a screen on the penalty line for D’Angelo Russell.
While Brooks snapped his beak and controlled the pass to
the point guard, James caught his opponent on his back and found himself face to face with the ring.
Then it was a matter of technique: a successful throw from Rui Hachimura – and easy two points.