LeBron James leans on an unlikely weapon in the playoffs


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The dunks and driving layups are familiar to opponents, and the 3-pointer is no surprise. But now LeBron James is unleashing yet another shot.

The fadeaway.

He has launched 33 of them in the postseason and made 19 – a success rate of 57.6% that frustrated the Indiana Pacers, demoralized the Toronto Raptors and, with James and the Cleveland Cavaliers set to play the Boston Celtics Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, left some people wondering about the origin of James’ newest weapon.

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James traces its evolution to the summer of 2011, following his first season with the Miami Heat. He felt the sting of the Heat losing in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.

“I wasn’t that good of a player in…

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