Never. Leave. Allen. In. Left. Corner.

Corey Brewer’s defensive instincts have been honed across a lifetime of basketball. While that’s not so very long – he’s 26 – it is a big part of his identity as a frisky and capable defender.

But he got burned Saturday night in Miami by what he’s learned to do since entering the league five seasons ago: Help out against an attacking penetrator. Especially late, protecting a one-point lead. Especially if his name is LeBron James.

Brewer fudged to the inside for just an instant. Unfortunately for the Denver Nuggets, it was the same instant in which James knew Ray Allen would be taking his familiar and ominous spot in the left corner and switched from attacker to facilitator. As Ethan Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post wrote:


Hard place.

“Once I drove left and I got eye contact with Brewer, I knew Ray was going to slide corner,” James said. “We haven’t been playing together that long, but I’ve seen it on the other side. I know exactly what he’s going to do. I’m just happy I was able to put it on the money, and he took care of the rest.”

All it took was Brewer briefly turning his head.

That’s all it has ever taken for Allen.

“My guy had to make the choice,” Allen said. “I can’t say it was the wrong choice, but it ended up being the wrong choice for him.”

How wrong? Brewer had to scramble so hard to recover, he fouled Allen as the famous sharpshooter launched his 3-pointer. The free throw that followed left Denver with 6.7 seconds left to get three points, not two, and Danilo Gallinari’s try from 25 feet bounced away. That left the Nuggets at 0-3 and Brewer holding his head in the visitors’ dressing room.

But let’s get this straight: Leaving Allen at a time and a place like that is the wrong choice for everyone. Always. It not only has become one of basketball’s most famous trademark shots – somewhere after Kareem’s sky hooks and Jordan’s tongue-flapping dunks – but it remains one of the most lethal. Cobras rise up majestically when they’re ready to strike, Allen slides over to the left corner.

If the Milton-Bradley folks ever do an NBA version of the board game “Clue,” Allen in the left corner with a 3-pointer will be the prime suspect every time. Sorry, Col. Mustard.

Denver would have been better off pushing a potted plant onto that spot on the court and just taking up Ray’s space. If Brewer hears a few ” ‘Sheed left Horry” comments in the coming days – Rasheed Wallace late in Game 5 of the 2005 Finals neglecting Robert Horry, one of the all-time, clutch-shooting assassins – he will have earned them.



  1. kevin nicholls INDIANAPOLIS says:

    That just gives the Heat even more fire power they are head and shoulders better then everybody else.

  2. MG42 says:

    Ray was out of bounds

  3. NHbleedsGREEN says:

    this makes me wanna vomit

  4. Chef Frankie G Bryant says:

    I think my heart should pick up Kenyon Martin..he said he’ll take the minimum..and he its certainly a better option than Joel and Dexter..he can score and rebound plus he brings toughness..somebody please get this message to Pat Riley asap.

  5. DS says:

    Nothing wrong with Brewer’s decision. Real story is how LeBron and RayRay made that happen so early in their tenure as teammates. Really bad news for the rest of the league.

  6. ray ray says:

    this will pay the C’s for letting ray go.

  7. cube says:

    Lets not forget the season just started… to early to say who are the real contender,,

  8. dattebayo says:

    I really hope Spoelstra can find the Heats identity somewhere, it must have fallen off a wagon during the parade. If they don’t start defending anytime soon, they will be playing catchup more often than not. But kudos to Ray, that’s what he is in Miami for.

  9. rarq23 says:

    did you see the guy who jumped to celebrate right after Ray released the ball @1:04 of the video?

  10. princess says:

    miami with allen would be deadly come playoffs and finals. lets admit it. i am a fan of portland but common its obvious allen is the final piece of puzzle for miami. so haters, boston fans LA fans or even OKC lets just say its over and done with.

  11. lenny says:

    what’s the big deal if he had not left allen james would have scored or if not probably lost the game any way

    • Average Joe says:

      The deal is now Miami’s got not only a legitimate three-point threat but a really dangerous three-point threat. Come the postseason, opposing defenders will have a really difficult time deciding which poison they’re gonna let the Heat kill them with, penetration or outside shooting.

  12. Tetsuo697_2 says:

    Im a huge Miami fan but where is there defense!

  13. SophieAnne says:

    Ray Allen continues to Rain down on the rest of the league,how on earth is anyone gonna stop Miami This year? Quick Answer, Theyre Not!

  14. Lucas Serrano says:

    never get tired watching this

  15. sergio says:

    That how visualize the heat in the off season

  16. chris says:

    This entry is nonsense since it was the right decision to switch. With one point you prefer a good 3 point shooter get a 50-50 shot than the biggest star in the game drive and get a bucket or a foul call 8 times out of 10. The only mistake he made was obviously the foul. I’m suprised seeing Ashburner writing such nonsense.

  17. danito says:

    who cares long boring season ahead of us, we can talk about that in a playoff game

  18. Nick says:

    “If the Milton-Bradley folks ever do an NBA version of the board game “Clue,” Allen in the left corner with a 3-pointer will be the prime suspect every time.”

    OMG that is a sick idea for a game lol, you needa trademark that.

  19. deadmann1992 says:

    Pick your poison. This kind of stuff is going to happen all season.

  20. glyceman says:

    just a reminder, it’s not a playoff game

  21. Kingk says:

    Well i think that brewer was put in a lose-lose situation, oh and people can stop questioning lebron’s decision making in the 4th qt afer this game. As for the nuggets they have a pretty good team to pish miami to the last seconds of the game. go heat!

  22. Kingk says:

    Well i think that brewer was put in a lose-lose situation, oh and people can stop questioning lebron’s decision making in the 4th qt afer this game.

  23. MelvinJonas says:

    Did you see Brewer’s face right after that shot?…. He was smiling… unbelieving that he became another victim of Allen’s game-winning trey!

  24. jzarecta says:

    Clumsy game, but very well performed in the end. I think Ray will have lot of these moments with Lebron and Wade on the hardwood. Only biggest concern is that Miami rebound hability is hampered with shorter frontcourt.

    • Raf says:

      Very true. I watched Nets-Raptors after Heat-Nuggets and couldn’t help but notice how have Reggie Evans to come on to be the rebounding king when Humphries goes to the bench. The Heat really need Haslem to be that rebounder off the bench, but so far this season he has looked awful… can’t shoot, can’t defend, and not grabbing any rebounds either.

  25. steppx says:

    Denver’s team defense was AWFUL all three games they’ve lost. I dont know the problem, but Im a bit shocked how bad its been. Its AWFUL…………..(cue bill walton voice….HORRRRIBLE).