MIAMI - Sitting poolside on Monday, Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd was talking about the terrific rookie season being turned in by Mason Plumlee. Kidd wondered why Plumlee isn’t mentioned more for All-Rookie honors.
Kidd isn’t the only one talking about Plumlee today.
Plumlee, the 22nd player picked in the draft, blocked LeBron James’ dunk attempt with two seconds left to preserve an 88-87 win over the Miami Heat.
Yep, you read it right. Plumlee stopped James at the rim.
“You have the best player in the world going against a rookie,’’ said Kidd. “We got lucky.’’
The Nets were lucky to get Plumlee with the 22nd pick in the draft. That pick took on the greatest player on the planet. Plumlee turned towards midcourt and shouted as James pleaded for a foul. He continued complaining from the tunnel leading to the locker rooms.
“It was just a play at the rim,’’ said Plumlee. “He was coming at me. My initial thought was just foul him and make him earn it from the free throw line. But I just got a piece of the ball and it was even better.’’
James earns 19.01 million this season. Plumlee earns just under $2 million.
On this night, Plumlee, who also had the power layup that put the Nets ahead 88-85, made the billion dollar play.
Plumlee finished with eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and thee blocked shots, the last of which you probably have seen 20 times on ESPN.
The Nets (43-34) are the only team to sweep the Heat this season. Joe Johnson led the Nets with 19 points, one of four players in double figures. James led Miami (52-24) with 29 points and 10 rebounds.