LeBron James makes a habit of defying expectations. With 3:26 remaining in the third quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, James tweaked his ankle after falling awkwardly on the foot of Lance Stephenson. Although LeBron hobbled away and looked uncomfortable, he stayed in the game. Nevertheless, an opponent could be forgiven for thinking he might see some diminished abilities. Because, you know, an injured ankle tends to affect someone's ability to jump.
George Hill learned the hard way that this was not the case. With approximately 1:45 left in the period, Hill attacked the basket on a fast break. James ran in from the right side to meet him at the rim, yet Hill did not try for the dunk. Instead, he went up to attempt a finger roll, which LeBron promptly swatted away.
It's unclear if Hill thought James would be unable to get up for the block due to his injury, but we're at the point where opponents should probably expect LeBron to defy the normal rules of basketball. Hopefully Hill learned his lesson.
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