When it comes to the NBA playoffs, it becomes almost impossible to stop the force that is LeBron James.
Regardless of the roster he has on the court with him, for the past eight seasons James has destroyed the entirety of the Eastern Conference year in and year out, and somehow, some way, his dominance in the postseason has only gotten crazier as he's aged.
That last statement was proven this past week, when after scraping by the fifth-seeded Indiana Pacers in seven games in the first-round, LeBron proceeded to decimate the first-seeded Toronto Raptors in four straight games, sweeping them for the second year in a row, destroying the hopes and dreams of Raptors fans all over Canada.
Whatever the Raps threw at James, he threw to the side, and Toronto may as well have been the eighth seed the way they played during the series. It seemed as though Dwyane Casey and the Raptors had no idea how to defend LeBron whatsoever, which is why Kobe Bryant has offered his advice on how to stop the King.
Per Fox Sports Radio:
“I think the tempo that he is playing at. He is able to control the tempo of the game. The game, especially in the playoffs, is all built on momentum shifts. What he has been able to do in these playoffs is control the momentum. When it shifts, how it shifts. When teams go on big runs, he’s been able to stop momentums. It’s a very difficult thing to do, and he’s been able to dominate that this postseason.”
For one thing, you have to stop letting him go left. Every big shot that he makes is going left. He’s remarkable about getting to that left hand, raise up and shoot. That’s the first thing I would do—disrupt his ability to go left. It’s amazing, all those shots are either coming right shoulder from the post or off the dribble with his left hand. That’s the first thing I would do, make him do something different besides going to that left.”
Kobe's not wrong either. The massive shot LeBron hit at the buzzer in Game 3 to win the game for the Cavs and go up 3-0 in the series was a running floater from -- you guessed it -- the left side.