As the swat by LeBron James on Andre Iguodala's potential lead-taking layup with under two minutes remaining in Game 7 of the NBA Finals slowly crystallizes itself simply as "The Block," it's easy to forget that the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar has been doing exactly that for a long, long time.
In his wake, he's left a plethora of would-be scorers, from stars like Paul George …
… and Rajon Rondo.
To role players like Darren Collison …
… and journeymen like Earl Clark.
Stephen Curry knows this all too well. The two-time MVP got rejected by James six times in the NBA Finals alone, several of which were of the chasedown variety.
I don't care that that first swat came after the whistle.
But none was ever as important against the rejection of Iguodala. It represented the mindset taken into the playoffs by James, who blocked a career-high 27 blocks in the postseason. At 1.3 blocks per game in the playoffs, James rejected oppositions' attempts at better than twice the rate he did during the regular season (0.6 per game). In the Finals alone, he nearly quadrupled his regular season blocks per game, swatting 2.3 shots per contest.
Want to see all of his signature chasedown blocks? Of course you do!
Without further ado, here are all of LeBron's chasedown blocks from 2015-16, plus plenty of weakside jobs, too (depending on how to define "chasedown").