Following Game 5 of the Finals, LeBron James received a huge backlash from fans who considered he didn’t make the right decision during the last seconds of the game. Instead of going for the points or trying to get a foul, Bron passed the ball to Danny Green, who missed a wide-open 3-pointer.
Plenty of people took shots at Bron for trusting Green (who is going through a slump) to make such a big shot. If he made it, the Lakers would have won the championship, but things didn’t work like that and now the Lakers will play the sixth game to try to become NBA champions for the 17th time.
It looks like LeBron will have to play alone in Game 6 since his teammates didn’t offer too much help in the clutch. Marc J. Spears revealed some stats that should worry Lakers fans and LeBron.
The Lakers didn’t take advantage of LeBron’s facilitating abilities, missing all of their shots off LeBron’s passes in the clutch. They went 0-for-6 in that item, with four open looks, including Green’s 3-point attempt.
“I’ve always played the game the same way since I was a kid, and I’ve had success doing it. I won’t let a play here or a play there change my outlook on the game or how I play the game. If you just look at the play, I was able to draw two defenders below the free-throw line and find one of our shooters at the top of the key for a wide-open three. I trusted him, we trusted him, it just didn’t go. You live with that.”
Yet, fans want James to step up, to take that last shot like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan did. Otherwise, he’ll only rely on other players when the ball is hot. However, Bron already said that’s the way he’s played the game since he was a kid.
LeBron is the primary option for the team. He is the face of the franchise and until he starts showing signs of slowing down, he should be the first option for the Lakers to take these shots. If he’s locked, then Anthony Davis should take it, but right now, the supporting cast is failing at the clutch and the LeBron-AD duo is the only option now.