B-Diddy calls out people criticizing LeBron after Lakers loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
LeBron James had a split-second to make a decision: Shoot or pass.
With the Los Angeles Lakers trailing by one in the final seconds of Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Friday, LeBron drove to the hoop. Several Miami Heat defenders converged him.
Does he try to take a contested shot over multiple Heat players or pass to one of his open teammates and trust them to make a shot?
LeBron picked the latter option. As NBC Sport Bay Area’s Monte Poole wrote, it was the right play. LeBron just picked the wrong player to pass to. Danny Green had a WIDE OPEN look at a go-ahead 3-pointer, but he left it WAY short.
The Lakers got the offensive rebound, but Markieff Morris threw the ball away. The Heat would hold on for a 111-108 win.
After the game, LeBron received criticism on Twitter and from the basketball community for not shooting.
Former Warriors star Baron Davis doesn’t want to hear it.
Lebron is a genius when it comes to this game. Stop playing with him.
Y’all sorry ass fools who would have shot the ball. Always Be the one waiting next..
— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) October 10, 2020
LeBron defended his decision to pass and defended Green against the naysayers.
“I mean, 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 3 to win a championship,” James told reporters after the game (H/T ESPN.com). “I trusted him, we trusted him, and it just didn’t go.
“You live with that. You live with that. It’s one of the best shots that we could have got. … Danny had a hell of a look. It just didn’t go down. I know he wishes he can have it again.”
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LeBron, Green and the Lakers have another chance to close out the Heat in Game 6 on Sunday night.
You can expect LeBron to silence the critics with another all-time performance.
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