For instance, when [LeBron James] told coach Tyronn Lue…

For instance, when [LeBron James] told coach Tyronn Lue to give him the ball at the end of the Cavs’ 101-95 win over Sacramento on Wednesday, there was little if any doubt that James would make good on the stepback 3-pointer he took to ice the game. “A lot of confidence,” Lue said. “He’s been making that shot a lot this year, very confident in it. He’s brought us home with a lot of those shots. Deep shots, step-back 3’s. But he also can get to the basket when he wants to so he’s been making a lot of those big shots and tonight we needed it.”
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December 10, 2017 | 6:40 pm EST Update
Though Wall was going for laughs — several Washington Wizards teammates recognized the impression — there was a sincerity to his acknowledgment of Beal’s hot streak. “He’s already a lethal scorer,” Wall said before the Wizards faced the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, “but he’s finding ways to do it in so many other ways, getting downhill and getting to the basket and a guy like that that can score in various ways and get into a rhythm, the basket’s big.”
Storyline: Wall-Beal Dynamic