Wednesday , Mar , 18 , 2009 Oly Sandor

The significance of LeBron James’ game-winning three on Dwight Howard and Orlando

Second, his confidence is at an all-time high. Any player who takes and makes a difficult three pointer, when a two will suffice is feeling it. Right now, James is playing and isn’t worrying about consequences -like what the media would say if he missed that three or the implications in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Opposing teams will take note …

The significance of LeBron James' game-winning three on Dwight Howard and OrlandoNo more on LeBron James’ inability to hit buzzer-beaters. 

Yesterday, the MVP candidate nailed a late, fade-away three-pointer to put Cleveland ahead to stay over Orlando. Of course, the Cavaliers only needed a basket to take the lead, but James instead opted for a tough three.

This shot was significant for two reasons. First, the superstar becomes the league’s toughest match-up when regularly connecting from the perimeter. Opponents must pick their poison. Defenders can no longer concede the jumper and must limit space, which creates additional lanes for James to attack the basket.

Second, his confidence is at an all-time high. Any player who takes and makes a difficult three pointer, when a two will suffice is feeling it. Right now, James is playing and isn’t worrying about consequences –like what the media would say if he missed that three or the implications on homecourt advantage for the playoffs. Opposing teams must take note.

 

(Wait until 2:08 for the three-pointer. Photo courtesy of Ku.)

What do you think of James’ clutch three-pointer? Was it just a buzzer-beater or something more significant? Watch the clip and hit up HoopsVibe the Blog with your answer in the comment box below.