LeBron James soared for powerful dunks, pulled up for flawless 3-pointers. And when the halftime buzzer sounded, there was only one way to describe his play.80% from the floor and 70% from beyond the arc. Those aren't even video game numbers. That's simply insane.
James was 11-for-11 from the field, making all four of his 3-point attempts, and scored 26 points in the first half Wednesday night to lead the United States to a 118-79 victory over Uruguay in the FIBA Americas tournament.
In a sensational display of speed and power, James raised his tournament-leading shooting percentage to an almost comical 79.7 percent (47-of-59). He is 14-of-20 from 3-point range, a 70 percent mark that also leads the event.
I wasn't sure I really wanted to see James play for the US this summer. I wanted him to rest up, work on some post moves and get ready for next season.
But he's looked good in Vegas; he ran the floor really well, played good defense and got to the rim at ease. But I was a bit worried because, at least early on, all of LeBron's shots were dunks and layups (which is fine for FIBA, where he can just run the floor and overpower the other team with his athleticism) and I don't think he even attempted a jumper until the 3rd game.
But that jumper went in. And more jumpers went in. Then Bill Walton informed viewers that only Jason Kidd and LeBron were practicing during Team USA's lone off day (now that I liked to hear). And more jumpers went in. Maybe he has found time to work on his jumper. I dunno.
But if he comes into next season with a reliable jump shot.... dear God...