The Cleveland Cavaliers shot 74.8 percent from the free-throw line this season, 23rd in the league. Superstar LeBron James struggled to make his freebies, shooting a career-low 67 percent. But The King is hoping to change that for the playoffs by getting some help from teammate Kyle Korver.
Korver is lights-out from deep and almost automatic from the free-throw line. Although he doesn't shoot free-throws often, the 6-foot-7 forward makes the most of his opportunities at the line. Korver has shot 93 percent since joining the Cavs, and he has already started to help his Cavaliers teammates.
Here is Korver helping Cavs big man Tristan Thompson with his free throws back in January.
Now Kover is trying to help LeBron improve his free-throw percentage. The difference between LeBron's regular season free-throw mechanics to his playoff mechanics is clear. According to Cleveland.com, the 4-time MVP has changed his stance so his feet are more staggered and he does not dip or bring the ball down as low as he used to.
Here is LeBron during the regular season.
Here is his form in Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
Though James missed 3 out of 9 from the line, he must like the way the new stance feels, because he is going to stick with it. "It's a routine we're going to stick with," he told Cleveland.com.
Korver's goal in helping LeBron is to take unnecessary motions out of his free throw form. In the video below, Korver tells the media how he has a lot of respect for LeBron for being open to coaching on his free throws, and for how hard he works.
The Cavs won Game 1 by only a point while shooting 14-of-27 (51.9 percent) from the line. Hopefully, "Coach Korver" can help the Cavs take better advantage of their free-throw opportunities in future playoff games.
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