Mason Plumlee Stuffed LeBron James’ Dunk Attempt on Final Play to Preserve Nets Win (Video + GIF)
You probably think I’m going to take this opportunity to taunt LeBron James for getting rejected at the rim on the final play of the game with his team trailing by one point, but I’m not.
Rather, I’m simply going to focus on praising the man responsible for the game-saving block, Nets rookie center Mason Plumlee.
With five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the Nets leading 88-87, LeBron corralled a Rashard Lewis pass under the rim and went up for what he may have thought would be an easy dunk, or at least a foul. Instead, he was greeted by Plumlee’s giant right hand.
Check it out:
After watching that, you may still be asking yourself whether or not there should have been a foul called on Plumlee for hitting LeBron’s hand.
Was it a foul? Here’s footage of the NBA on TNT crew breaking it down in super-slow motion:
And here’s a slow motion GIF:
It’s awfully close, but in my opinion the refs made the right call (or no-call). Plums appears to just get a piece of the ball before hitting King James’ hand.
And even if it wasn’t the right call, it is the one that was made, and it helped the Nets put the finishing touches on a four-game sweep of the Heat in their season series. That should make things that much more interesting should these two teams cross paths come playoff time.
Hat Tip – [@cjzero]