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Re: Who In The League is Best at Defending Lebron?
« Reply #30 on: August 09, 2017, 07:12:36 AM »

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Small samples sizes can't really be trusted. Whilst Morris is competent against Lebron I'm not anointing him the best Lebron stopper when he isn't even considered a stellar defender overall.

Kawhi is the obvious answer here and probably the most established as well. There are some younger guys coming up who should provide a challenge for him, Brown among them.

Re: Who In The League is Best at Defending Lebron?
« Reply #31 on: August 09, 2017, 07:46:21 AM »

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Leonard. 

Re: Who In The League is Best at Defending Lebron?
« Reply #32 on: August 09, 2017, 09:37:14 AM »

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Kawhi.

Re: Who In The League is Best at Defending Lebron?
« Reply #33 on: August 09, 2017, 09:37:50 AM »

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Best on CelticsBlog is definitely Moranis  ;D

lol  ;D

Re: Who In The League is Best at Defending Lebron?
« Reply #34 on: August 09, 2017, 09:44:06 AM »

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Re: Who In The League is Best at Defending Lebron?
« Reply #35 on: August 09, 2017, 10:00:50 AM »

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Best on CelticsBlog is definitely Moranis  ;D

lol TP!!

Re: Who In The League is Best at Defending Lebron?
« Reply #36 on: August 09, 2017, 10:16:01 AM »

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I've said it on here often, Boris Diaw.  Really quick feet, good height, and some heft to hold him off in the post.

Good suggestion.

You think he still has it? He is 35 and seems to declined last year. (Didnt watch any Cavs-Jazz games last year)

Oh, yes, I'm just commenting on a slightly historical view.  Anyone that's still in the league, but has had success against him in the past.

When Diaw was with the Spurs I just remember how well he moved his feet and kept Lebron in front of him.  He basically gave Lebron the three whenever he wanted it (but still put a hand up). 

And when Lebron would drive, Diaw was so good at moving backwards but keeping his verticality silo intact, so that when Lebron would inevitably jump into Diaw (like he often does) the refs wouldn't bail him out. 

Lebron didn't realize that he needed to run P/R against Diaw to get another defender on him, or just old school post him up with some Karl Malone/Kevin McHale moves.  That's where he could have gotten the best of Diaw but he just fell back on long threes and contested drives to the hoop.

Unfortunately, Diaw wasn't able to play 39 minutes per game.  Still, he was effective in the 20 minutes or so he did guard LBJ.

Today though?  Not sure.  Diaw has definitely lost a step.  But since his game was never about being a shot blocker he could probably do well in limited minutes. 

Re: Who In The League is Best at Defending Lebron?
« Reply #37 on: August 09, 2017, 01:20:21 PM »

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He may not be the best, but Durant definitely had his moments during the finals. Seemed to bother James with his length.