Friday , Feb , 20 , 2009 Oly Sandor

LeBron James scores 55 points, improved three-point shot makes him NBA’s best player?

James’ was already unstoppable because of his size and quickness. An improved three-point shot gives him another dimension. In the past, teams had some success slouching off James. The thinking here was simple: perhaps he’d settle for jumpers and his touch would be off. No more. After tonight, opponents must limit the space and truly respect his range, which creates lanes to attack the basket …


LeBron James scores 55 points, improved three-point shot makes him NBA's best player?Breaking NBA news mixed with analysis … 

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Our Very Quick Analysis: The headlines will read the following: LeBron James came within a point of matching his career high, hitting on 16-of-29 shots for 55 points in a 111-103 Cleveland win against Milwaukee on Friday evening.

Fair enough. Scoring fifty points or more is remarkable.

It’s how James topped the half-century mark that is newsworthy. The small forward knocked down 8-of-11 three-pointers against the Bucks, connecting from beyond the arc to close the first and second quarters. Then, right after halftime, he nailed four-of-five downtown attempts in less than three minutes.

James’ was already unstoppable because of his size and quickness. An improved three-point shot gives him another dimension.

In the past, teams had some success slouching off James. The thinking here was simple: perhaps he’d settle for jumpers and his touch would be off. No more. After tonight, opponents must limit space and respect his range, which creates lanes to the basket.

This was no accident. James spent months working with the Cavaliers’ coaching staff to become more of a perimeter threat. And the small forward certainly punished international squads who ran zones against Team USA in Beijing.    

Milwaukee couldn’t stop James’ three-point shot or drives to the hoop. For the Bucks, it was a matter of picking their poison. The rest of the NBA will also learn that one of the game’s very best has gotten even better.

With new range is James ‘The King’ of the NBA? Get at us in the comment box below with thoughts and come back to HoopsVibe the Blog for more NBA tidbits. Photo courtesy of americanhustle .