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Video: LeBron’s monster dunk (with Ray Allen’s silent assist)

Oct 31, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

Enjoy that dunk for its power. The dunk is full of so many of LeBron James‘ gifts — handles, speed, strength that all come together in an almost unfair package. It is one of the big highlights from the Heat’s opening night win over Boston.

But watch that dunk again and see that Ray Allen should get a silent assist for creating the lane for LeBron James to run down. Tom Haberstroh broke it down brilliantly at ESPN’s Heat Index (as he often does).

First Chris Bosh blocks Jeff Green (after a fantastic preseason Green went back to looking like Green) and the ball gets to LeBron who starts pushing up the court. Now notice Allen, who is ahead of the pack and starts running to the corner — where he is deadly, as Boston knows from first hand experience, and where he has already drained a three in the game. Watch Celtics defenders Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett get caught hesitating on getting to Allen or stopping LeBron.

“He was in front of KG and Paul (Pierce),” James said. “And I just kind of gave it a little hesitation because I knew for the most part, they were going to run right to him.”

Allen knew what to do. As soon as James slowed his dribble, Allen darted toward the corner.

“You make a hard sharp cut,” Allen said. “It’s the same stuff I did in Boston, but when you’ve got a guy like LeBron barreling down the lane like that … I always ask myself, which direction are they going to go in? Are they going to go to me? Or are they going to go to him?”

They really did neither, they hesitated and got confused and in that instant LeBron turned on the jets and when he has a head of steam coming down the lane it’s only a question of how much pain he is going to inflict on the rim. The play is over. And it was. And Garnett was frustrated afterwards.

But that’s one of the things Ray Allen can do for you. And will do for the Heat all season.

  1. eventhorizon04 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    “And Garnett was frustrated after.”

    “Frustrated” is a huge understatement.

    As LeBron dribbled down the court, both Pierce and KG were in-between LeBron and the basket.

    Ray Allen ran to the left corner, and Pierce pointed to Ray Allen, in effect telling KG to move towards the corner.

    KG took a step to Ray Allen, and so did Pierce, so in effect, both Celtics players (who were in position to challenge LeBron) got out of LeBron’s way.

    And that’s why KG is so angry. He left the paint because of Pierce, and Pierce hesitated before getting in front of LeBron.

    • zerole00 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      Oh this makes a lot more sense. I watched the video wondered why KG would move out of the way, even if it was Lebron. I didn’t notice Pierce signal him to go to Allen.

    • adnan604 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      really you got 16 thumbs up on that ? probably none of these guys saw the game cuz… I don’t know what game you were watching, but watch the replay again, Pierce was closest to Ray so KG was pointing towards Allen telling Pierce’s fat ass to go get him since he was closer….
      Why would Pierce point towards Ray telling KG to go get him when KG was in front of LeBron already ??
      anyway once KG saw that Pierces fat ass wasn’t moving an inch, he had to literally run past Pierce toward Ray to cover him, expecting whoever was behind him (Jason Terry) to step in and stop LeBron.

      None of KG’s simple expectations were met, Pierce literally moved two steps in neither direction, and Terry I guess wasn’t expecting KG to dash towards Ray so he never got a chance to step into the paint….

      Basically the whole blame goes to Pierces fat and lazy behind

  2. southbeachtalent - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    THAT’S HOW IT”S DONE!!

  3. tomasekradek - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    monster dunk? oh please

    no hate for LBJ but it seems like every bron’s dunk is descibed as ‘monster’ on PBT

  4. isujames - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    If K.G. can’t sneak in a nut grab he will move every time.

  5. progress2011 - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    KG, the FAKE Tough-Guy !

    As much smack as he talks, you’d think he’d want some of that. He didn’t want none of that Freight Train!

    He did what all True PONKs do, tuck his tail between his legs and run.

  6. paulhargis53 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    progress, spoken like someone who has a lot of practice in that department.

    Punks cry for a foul all the time, you know like Wade does???

    • zeedoubleyou - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Rondo would call for fouls if he had any confidence whatsoever at the free throw line

  7. hehateme2 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Yea, fake KG and internet tough guys…. that’s about all bostan has to offer. They should be embarrassed!

  8. miamatt - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    I actually thought the reverse alley-oop was much more impressive, although I did lift out of my seat on this one.

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