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    Why Does Lebron Defer at the End of Games?

    On the three final possessions of tonights crucial game that could have conceivably decided the number one seed in the east, Lebron deferred on the final three possessions refusing to take a shot once again. Would it have made a difference if Lebron had stepped up and created a shot for himself? Or has he just accepted his role as the guy who just isn't going to shoot with the game on the line? Pretty hard to compare him to guys like Kobe, Jordan, Magic, and Bird when they all had the ball in their hands to take the shot when it was money time. Then again, perhaps being the guy to take the final shot is overrated. Maybe it's a better decision to create a play for an open shooter rather than take a contested shot on your own. Discuss...

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    Percentage buster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P&GRealist View Post
    Percentage buster.
    I certainly hope that is not the case. Valuing personal stats over team victories is not a trait that someone who many call the best in the game and a future top ten player of all-time should have.

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    He doesn't defer he makes the best basketball play. A coach would never be mad at his late game decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony_Starks View Post
    He doesn't defer he makes the best basketball play. A coach would never be mad at his late game decisions.
    2 passes in less than 2 seconds and getting the shot off in time was not a smart basketball play.

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    Why Does Lebron Defer At The End Of Games?

    Yeah he takes what the defense gives him

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    because hero ball like Kobe has played has proven to be exponentially the lesser way to win in the last seconds.....

    If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love.

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    Given how you always get on Lebron's jock strap whenever he makes a crucial, logical play but does not pan out, this wouldn't qualify as a "discussion."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye15 View Post
    because hero ball like Kobe has played has proven to be exponentially the lesser way to win in the last seconds.....
    Not when you have only 2 seconds left. 2 passes in that span and trying to get the shot off in time was not smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P&GRealist View Post
    2 passes in less than 2 seconds and getting the shot off in time was not a smart basketball play.
    It might have been considered smart had the Heat won... Which they didn't. That's why we really have to question it. So many times throughout his career James has shied away from taking the "final shot". That is one of the biggest knocks on his game. Would he be more successful as a "winner" if he was a guy who was confident in creating his own shot rather than passing and making the "smart basketball play"? That is the big question here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye15 View Post
    because hero ball like Kobe has played has proven to be exponentially the lesser way to win in the last seconds.....
    Really? Come on that's uncalled for. Why even start that discussion. This is about Lebron only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riodagoat View Post
    Given how you always get on Lebron's jock strap whenever he makes a crucial, logical play but does not pan out, this wouldn't qualify as a "discussion."
    Of course this is a valid discussion. I'm sure that Skip and Stephen A will be discussing this above all else when analyzing this game on First Take tomorrow. Biggest game of the week and the best player in the game passing up the final shot on three consecutive plays at the end of the game is perhaps the most discussion worthy topic there is right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye15 View Post
    because hero ball like Kobe has played has proven to be exponentially the lesser way to win in the last seconds.....
    Why bring Kobe into this? Thought we could expect more from a mod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony_Starks View Post
    Really? Come on that's uncalled for. Why even start that discussion. This is about Lebron only.
    Here here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lincecum=future View Post
    Yeah he takes what the defense gives him
    Yes, that seems to be Lebron's philosophy when it comes to end game heroics, but there are many all time greats that still managed to create their own shot successfully and sink many crucial game winners despite what defenses threw at them. Should we all just accept this as the greatest weakness in his game, or is this indeed the better rout to take than the greats that came before him?

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