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Paul Pierce with the rejection on LeBron James (VIDEO)

Nov 2, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

Here’s how you know that LeBron James isn’t quite in midseason form just yet: He had his shot blocked by Paul Pierce, a largely flat-footed defender who is playing in his 16th NBA season.

This particular play was more a function of Pierce’s footwork and basketball IQ than it was his athleticism, but James clearly underestimated his defender when going up for this particular shot attempt in the Heat’s third game of the regular season.

The Nets held on for the 101-100 victory, and Miami is now under .500 at just 1-2 on the very young NBA season.

  1. ashutto20 - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Still early so Heat fans and haters shouldnt worry just yet

    • somekat - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Thanks Dr. Basketball

      Nobody knew 3 games into the season was still early. Your contributions are invaluable

    • maraneso - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      I like the Heat all right, I just think they’re kinda boring to watch.

  2. david0303 - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    That was as clean as block as possible and then lebron looks to the ref for a foul, and thats why people hate him. hes a great player but all he does is complain

    • gameisours - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Where do you see he complains? He only looked towards the ref and opened arms. He wasn’t talking to him. You’re making too much of it.

      But yeah, he usually complains way too much, as most of the players.

      • david0303 - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        I said he looked to the ref for a foul on that play although he usually complains as well. why does he need to look at the ref after getting blocked? it’s just terrible seeing the greatest player on the planet looking to get calls on just about every play and going nuts if he gets called for a foul or a travel.

  3. drewzducks - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Once again The Truth has spoken.

  4. cbking05 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Who said LeBron was unstoppable

  5. scalfor3 - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Watch the video while you can, folks. I’m sure Nike’s reps are coming to confiscate it soon.

  6. jjordannba - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!

  7. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Who dares block The King? Stupid serfs.

  8. detectivejimmymcnulty - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    What a strange start to Lebron’s season. Turner dunked on him and PP blocks him. Although I will point out that a whole lot of players just let Turner dunk without contesting for that very reason. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

  9. jimeejohnson - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Great block by Pierce. Lame attempt by LeBron; he should have dunked in Pierce’s face! Too late, now.

  10. jhuck92 - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Yeah, LeBron definitely isn’t in midseason form. I’m not sure if he’s simply out of form from the summer, making lazy plays, or a combination of both. But he’s been shown up (and hasn’t been clutch) in the 4th quarter.

  11. antistratfordian - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Good block and decent game from PP.

    Out of all the supposed “LeBron rivals” (Durant, Kobe, Melo) I think I respect Pierce the most – probably because he’s the least physically talented of the bunch, but he’s always done so much with what he’s had. He’s a gamer.

    He’s still sour and salty though.

  12. jpm557 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    As the NBA Jam man would say, “DENIED!!!”

  13. nycalldayz - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Midseason form just yet? Lebron looked in midseason form when, he and the Heat ran the Bulls out of the gym on opening night. Anyway that’s good defense by Paul Pierce. Lebron looked fine Friday night, I mean he played 42 min. He just got his shot blocked under the rim.

    There’s no question Lebron James is a great athlete, but I think too often some in the media give way too much credit to him. Let’s be honest. Lebron is human just like everyone else. He’s not immortal to defenses or competition from other teams and players.

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