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Ersan Ilyasova -- The World's Worst Defender (On This Play, At Least)

First play of Game 2, the Heat run a back screen for Dwayne Wade — hilarity ensues.

As stated before, Miami is about to run a back screen for Dwayne Wade.  Wade is being guarded by Monta Ellis, Chris Bosh is being guarded by Ersan Ilyasova.  Luc Mbah a Moute is guarding hugging LeBron James.

Chris Bosh sets the back screen on Ellis, while LeBron is about to receive the ball on the right elbow.

Dwayne Wade comes flying off the back screen, but Ilyasova is tracking the cut of Dwayne Wade.

LeBron now has the ball on the right elbow.  Ilyasova does a good job following Wade’s movement, cutting off any entry pass.  Meanwhile, Ellis is scrambling back from Bosh’s screen to defend Wade.

…and then, with Monta Ellis (Dwayne Wade’s original defender) not even in the paint yet, Ilysaova ACTUALLY STEPS AWAY FROM DWAYNE WADE, who is basically alone underneath the freakin’ basket.  

#1 Rule of Basketball:  Don’t ever challenge David West to a knife fight and don’t ever take a step away from one of the world’s top 15 players ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE DEFENDING THAT PLAYER UNDERNEATH YOUR OWN BASKET.  

LeBron, probably not believing what he is seeing, has already started delivering the ball to Wade.

Wade is so open (there probably isn’t a defender within five feet of him) that he actually misses his first layup attempt, but converts on the second attempt.

 See it in real-time (0:00-0:17):

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