But LeBron James, who cocked back and threw a one-handed, length-of-the-court shot through the basket at shootaround in Boston on Saturday, just makes that which is seemingly impossible look so, so easy.
It’s unclear if Dwight Howard got word of what LeBron had accomplished, but he somehow pulled off a similar feat in Dallas a short time later.
Nets with beautiful basketball sequence to end first quarter of Game 3 vs. Hawks (VIDEO)
NEW YORK — The Nets played inspired basketball during the first quarter of their critical Game 3 matchup with the Hawks, and this sequence epitomized that somewhat perfectly.
Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack both made great efforts to save the ball inbounds, and once they got to the other end of the floor, Jack and Joe Johnson worked together on a beautiful give-and-go, before Jack found Brook Lopez for the two-handed slam.
Brooklyn led 31-16 after the game’s first 1 minutes.
“My hope is that in Game 4 – the one play that’s kind of an image stuck in my mind, and I just looked at it six times on the film, is the first play of the fourth quarter,” Carlisle said. “We’re scrambling like hell defensively, and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench. He takes the ball, skips it over the top and Ariza gets a wide-open three.
“So, instead of us getting the ball, and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a 5-6 point swing. That stuff’s got to stop. The officials [have] got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place. And that can’t happen in Game 4.”
It seemed odd to single out one possession that occurred with essentially the entire fourth quarter yet to be played, but Carlisle obviously believed that was a microcosm of what his players have been dealing with throughout the series where Howard is concerned.