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Lebron James' clutch gene (or lack thereof) has been debated ad-naseum we know -- but we'd like to hear your thoughts. As the Heat prepare to try to break the deadlocked Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pacers tonight, we are asking you all a simple question: Given a close game tonight, is Lebron the guy you want taking the final shot for the Heat?

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# 1 statum71 @ 05/17/12 06:07 PM
YES!!!

So then if he misses the media can stop using it as an excuse for the Miami Heat falling short.

People need to face it.......they're not deep enough.
 
# 2 SteelersFreak @ 05/17/12 06:13 PM
If I were a Heat fan I would be happy with either he or Dwyane Wade taking it and I would be happy with them creating an open look for one of their shooters. The play he made earlier in the season passing to Haslem for a WIDE OPEN look was a smart basketball play and I would be happy with that for the Heat. BUT I want the action going through one of those two because not only are they the best in those situations shooting, they are the best playmakers and creators on the team as well. Its similar to the Mavs, as a Mavs fan, I want the ball going through Dirk every time, MAYBE Jason Terry if he's having a good night, if Dirk creates an open look for a guy like Vince Carter, JET or JKidd, then you live with that, but you want the ball going through your best player.
 
# 3 Hotobu @ 05/17/12 06:21 PM
It shouldn't be about Lebron taking the last shot. It should be about him making the final decision (no pun intended). Lebron is the biggest threat in the NBA with the ball in his hands because of his finishing and playmaking ability. The ball should be in his hands, and it should be up to him what to do.
 
# 4 BlastX21 @ 05/17/12 06:34 PM
Yes unless there's someone more open. Similar to Steve Blake taking the shot over Kobe last night. If everyone is equally covered, then LeBron takes it. He can shoot over people better than anyone else on the team. He also shoots 37% from three.

Edit: agree with Hotobu. He doesn't have to make the last shot, just the last decision. Example: I thought his last-second pass to Haslem earlier in the season was the right decision even though he missed the shot.
 
# 5 Hassan Darkside @ 05/17/12 06:34 PM
Yes. LeBron still poses the biggest mismatch no matter who's guarding him and his midrange shot has improved a ton.

Also agree with Hotobu that the ball should be in his hands regardless of whether hes gonna shot or not.
 
# 6 fluent2332 @ 05/17/12 06:38 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SteelersFreak
If I were a Heat fan I would be happy with either he or Dwyane Wade taking it and I would be happy with them creating an open look for one of their shooters. The play he made earlier in the season passing to Haslem for a WIDE OPEN look was a smart basketball play and I would be happy with that for the Heat. BUT I want the action going through one of those two because not only are they the best in those situations shooting, they are the best playmakers and creators on the team as well. Its similar to the Mavs, as a Mavs fan, I want the ball going through Dirk every time, MAYBE Jason Terry if he's having a good night, if Dirk creates an open look for a guy like Vince Carter, JET or JKidd, then you live with that, but you want the ball going through your best player.
Right on. I've noticed I agree with quite a bit of what you post. Good stuff.

Anyway, I wouldn't be mad if Wade made the last play, or James, whoever has the best match-up really is fine with me. And yes, sometimes Wade has a more favorable match-up, like in the Pacers game he had George Hill guarding him, so he tried to post him up, which was a smart play. I don't mind if they go to Wade in situations like that, which usually would force a double team and get someone else a shot. So for me, whoever has the best match-up should have the play run for them, and you live with the outcome. It's not always going to be a last second shot by James or Wade, like Steelers said, you have those guys make a play, and they will try and make the best possible basketball play for that situation, whether it's a shot themselves or setting someone else up for an open look. Most of the times you want to go with James with the ball in his hand in those situations though. He's probably a better passer than Wade and usually has the more favorable match-up...
 
# 7 pabryant @ 05/17/12 06:44 PM
To be honest, in my opinion, no. I believe at this point in there careers, I prefer Wade. He has the most experience and success in high pressure playoff games. This is not a knock on Lebron he is DEFINITELY the second option. He will have ample opportunity to step up in big games in the playoffs playing for the Heat. My opinion may change in the future.
 
# 8 OSUFan_88 @ 05/17/12 06:46 PM
Yes, because I want the Heat to lose.
 
# 9 daspartan13 @ 05/17/12 07:12 PM
For the last two seasons, LeBron is 0-11 to make a game tying or go ahead shots in the last five seconds so Dwyane Wade is the option always
 
# 10 CH4SEau @ 05/17/12 07:16 PM
Give it to DWade and he's going after the foul, but I guess that's just as effective. Honestly, as long as either Lebron or D Wade are handling the ball on the final shot, that's all you could ask for. If they have trust in their team mates and they have a better look, it's their decision to either pass or take the shot. If they miss it, at least you can say one of your two best players took the shot.
 
# 11 BlastX21 @ 05/17/12 07:28 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by daspartan13
For the last two seasons, LeBron is 0-11 to make a game tying or go ahead shots in the last five seconds so Dwyane Wade is the option always
Whats Dwayne Wade's stats? Are his numbers any better?
 
# 12 BlastX21 @ 05/17/12 07:29 PM
Honestly I wouldnt mind Chris Bosh taking big shots.
 
# 13 ewingandoakley @ 05/17/12 07:29 PM
No, just no.
 
# 14 JoSiiF @ 05/17/12 07:37 PM
i say you give it to lebron and let him do his thing whether it be getting a foul called as he drives or just takes the jumpshot, hes not the MVP for nothing -__-
 
# 15 BlastX21 @ 05/17/12 07:39 PM
Guys you all realize it should be Joel Anthony taking these last-minute shots, right?
 
# 16 Kashanova @ 05/17/12 07:54 PM
Yes, His jumpshot is much improved and he can still get to the basket. the wizards learned first hand in the playoffs
 
# 17 Retropyro @ 05/17/12 08:12 PM
As a person who wants to see the Heat lose, YES I want him taking the last shot.
 
# 18 jmik58 @ 05/17/12 08:53 PM
I think the "Who takes the final shot" issue is one of the most blown out of proportion concepts in all of professional sports. When the game is on the line, you need to have scorers on the court. Blake, who attempted and missed the final shot for the Lakers last night, is also the same guy who buried three after three to help win game seven against the Nuggets. They're all professionals and the guys on the court in crunch time all can score. Any open shot is a good shot, it doesn't matter who takes it.
 
# 19 supermanemblem @ 05/17/12 08:59 PM
He won't take the shot. He is not built for failure, and he can't fail if he doesn't take the shot, at least it's how he sees it. His ego is as fragile as ARod's. They both want to be accepted, yet keep doing stupid things to alienate people.
 
# 20 kingkilla56 @ 05/17/12 09:55 PM
Wonder how Lebron would answer this question.
 

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