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Tackling isn't allowed in the NBA, so why is it so common in playoffs?

Originally Published: May 10, 2013
By Henry Abbott | ESPN The Magazine

IT DID NOT take long for the Bulls to announce their plan to stop LeBron James. They would pummel him -- and pummel him repeatedly.

The nightmare that is guarding James was once fueled, in great part, by his freakish blend of speed, size, strength and supreme court awareness. These days, he's even better. He shoots 40 percent from three, boasts a tidy post game and is surrounded by elite shooters thrilled to make double-teamers pay. The results had been devastating ...

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