The Chasedown King Gives Up On Defense, Allows PG13 To Dunk
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“Best advice I can give is to not give up on a play. A lot of people see a steal or fast break and the offensive guy is 3 or 4 steps in front of him and they just give up on the play. I think every possession matters.”
Those are the words from the Chasdown King himself, King James in the video above on the topic of the chasedown block. That’s why it was so shocking on Monday night to see him give up on a play and allow Paul George to get an easy dunk when he was right with PG13 before they crossed the half-court mark.
LeBron had the previous game off, so I don’t think he was tired. Some said he had flashes of Paul George going for a chasedown block on James Harden, but I’m not buying that. Others said he probably wouldn’t have got the block on a high-flyer like George. I’m definitely not buying that because we are talking about a guy who once blocked a 360 dunk by Jason Richardson from behind.
Granted that was about 6 or 7 years ago but I still expected to see the Chasedown King not let George get an easy 2.
Even with the easy 2, LeBron still outscored George 33-23. 12 of those 33 came in the first quarter…so was LeBron too tired to go after the block because of the first quarter?