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LeBron James, You Need to Take That Shot

May 22, 2007 – 1:42 AM
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Brett Pollakoff

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The Pistons took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, thanks in large part to their stifling defense on Lebron James. Lebron was held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time in his playoff career, and finished with just 10 points on 5-15 shooting. As poorly as he played though, Lebron had the ball in his hands with his team down two, and a chance to tie the game. Instead of taking the shot himself, he passed it out to Donyell Marshall for the wide open three. Lebron got all the way to the basket, and really should have taken that shot. Here's the play in question.



Lebron needs to dunk that! He clearly had the step on Tayshaun Prince (the announcer agrees), and 'Sheed was (in my estimation) too far away and would have been late getting there. Lebron is one of the strongest and most explosive players in the league, and based on what I saw, I think he had the room to throw it down.


Now, I would have no problem with Lebron or any other superstar passing the ball in this situation if the defense had taken away his shot. But in this case, they didn't. When Lebron and the rest of his team look at the film tomorrow, I'm guessing they'll see the same thing I did: a missed opportunity.

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