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LeBron blocks Tiago Splitter’s dunk (video)

Jun 9, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

Tiago Splitter set a screen for Tony Parker in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and Splitter rolled to the rim wide open. The only question was whether Parker could find an angle to make the pass, but he did and Splitter rose to dunk.

Enter LeBron James.

You won’t see a better block very often. The timing, leaping ability and strength necessary to make that happen is incredible.

Afterward, LeBron just stood in the paint as action went the other way, basking in the glory of that great block.

  1. gmsingh123 - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Not much chance of LeBron getting called for defensive 3 seconds, right?

  2. melkipershero - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    LeBlock.

    Amazing block.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      I don’t know how people are saying Hibs block was better then LeBrons
      or vice versa, I think they are tied, both changed the game.
      Awesome block, I won’t count the Spurs out, Where is Mano?
      and Ray Allen.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        I give a slight nod to LeBron’s dunk. Yes, I’m biased, but I also think that a forward (LeBron) blocking a center’s (Splitter) shot is better than a big center (Hibbert) blocking a forward’s (Carmelo) dunk. It’s not a big difference, but that’s my argument.

  3. redbullenergydrink - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    OUCH! Splitter won’t forget that play for a LONG TIME!

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!!!!!!!!!

  5. casualcommenter - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Splitter was hoping he’d wake up and realize it was all a nightmare in a Gatorade commercial…

    • redbullenergydrink - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      LOL. Good one.

  6. progress2011 - Jun 9, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    MVP !!!!

    Restore the appreciation of FUNDAMENTALS:
    1. Accurate Passing
    2. Defensive rotations
    3. Assists
    4. Rebounds
    5. Blocking out etc. etc. etc.

    ….as opposed to all the Harlem Globetrotter trick shots with a 100% degree of difficulty, while not involving others.

    LBJ – Undeniably MVP !

  7. badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Ah , to be 22 and have a 32 inch vertical leap again. Pinning layups on the backboard and cleaning all the junk in my office in the paint..Too bad there was no YouTube in the 70s and 80s. But lets hope we see LBJ do it to Duncan

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Bad intent, as usual. Give Tim a break. LeBron stuffed the right guy!

      • badintent - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        LBJ has to defend everyone. You really think Posh Bosh is gonna D up Tim every play. ? Birdman yes but even he needs some help sometime.Tim is 37 but he still dunks from time to time. You got any footage of Shaq stuffing Tim ? Would love to see it.

  8. yourpalkyle - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    And Lebron wonders why no one likes him. Fantastic, you made a nice play on a mediocre player – that doesn’t mean you should stand around smelling yourself – go run the floor and finish the play. Too worried abut dancing, fireworks and smoke machines. He’s such a tool.

  9. pantsfreezone - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    LeGandalf.

    • miamatt - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!

  10. fm31970 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    “You won’t see a better block very often. ”

    Well, Roy Hibbert’s block on ‘melo’s dunk attempt was much better, and that was only three years ago. Once might even argue NateRob’s block on James’ layup attempt was even more impressive than this, too.

    I think we all realize Splitter isn’t going to be able to double-clutch, pull the ball down, and do a lefty scoop shot once he went up for the dunk, so James went straight up and waited for him at the apex. Good block, yes, but I’m not seeing why this is more than an average block?

    • pantsfreezone - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      Sooooo you think the 7’2″ center blocking a small forward in the 2nd round is more impressive than a small forward blocking a center in the NBA Finals?

      Hrm.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:42 AM

      20 years from now, when 2033’s version of Chris Cornell is singing 2033’s version of Finally Forever during an NBA commercial; guess which block at the rim us making that montage.

    • miamatt - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Purely as a block, this one was great.

      Still, I must agree with you somewhat. Hibbert’s block basically ended a series. This block came with Miami leading by 19, even though it is the Finals.. So from that perspective I actually believe Hibbert’s dunk was “bigger”.

      Still, nobody can say this wasn’t a great block, and should the Heat win this Finals, it will be burned into the sports memory of a generation of fans. Average block? No way on that.

  11. 00maltliquor - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    OWNED

  12. jimeejohnson - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Get that theet outta here! It’s good to be the King of this great game, and LeBron had no challengers for his crown right now.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 10, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      had = has

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