NBA Finals 2011: Is LeBron James' Fast Game 6 Start a Bad Omen for Mavericks?
Dallas Mavericks Can Still Keep LeBron From Beating Them In 2011 NBA Finals
The first quarter isn’t even halfway over, and LeBron James already has more points in Game 6 than he did in all of Game 4. James’ perfect 4-of-4 start from the field has provided nine quick points for the Heat.
Even with James putting points on the board, all is not lost for Dallas. LeBron is still (obviously) willing to settle for jump shots, having gotten to the rim just once during his early spurt.
James has been hitting his shots partly because Dallas hasn’t been as quick about picking him up outside. The difference between a 15-footer and a 20-footer is an important one in containing a scorer like LeBron.
If Dallas can force James outside again, they have a chance to make him miss some shots. Unless James can make the Mavs pay for pressuring him by driving by them and getting to the rim, that defense will still be a valuable strategy.
And if James continues knocking down his jumpers, all Dallas can do is tip their caps to him and gear up for Game 7.
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