Bk he makes a pass at the end of games that's not clutch that's goodIt's smart. Would I rather LBJ shoot over 3 defenders or pass it to a wide open Ray Allen in the corner? He makes the smart basketball play. He makes winning basketball plays.
I don't need your stats I see your boy in the game scared to get the ball when the end of the game is near and the other team is foulingOnce again its called smart basketball. When you have 1 of the best ft shooters in NBA history on the court why would he go near the ball if he doesn't have to? There's only 2 people I want shooting fts late in the game and that is Chris Bosh and Ray Allen. You know why? Because they're the best ft shooters on the team.
or how he doesn't lead his team in 4th quarter scoring...but that denial works well with you...Last year I'm almost certain he led the legue in 4th quarter scoring after the 1st and 2nd round...Clearly he is scared to get the ball in the 4th which explains why he led the league in those stats in each of those rounds.
People have different defintions of clutch but that is the most common one that most people seem to use. Bosh can say all he want but fact is LBJ have better clutch numbers than Wade if you check out the numbers. I highly doubt his meaning of clutch was the same as my own. His meaning of clutch was probably just game winning shots but that's not the only way to be clutch. Hitting a 3 with your team up 2 with 45 seconds left is clutch. Hitting a 3 in a tied game with 250 left in a game is clutch. Buzzer beating shots is just 1 way a player can be clutch.
bks- who says that is defined as clutch? ANd how does this change for example last year during reg season when Bosh, a teammate of LBJ, said Wade shouldbe the guy taking the last shot? Was his defiintion of cluth the same as yours or whoever you imply thta has defined a"clutch?"
I don't have anything on that but I'm almost certain you won't find a perimeter player that shoots a great % in the final possession of a game.
but other years? Got anything on that? It's okay if if I'm wrong. SHow me data of last possession with link.
Surprised? Perception often doesn’t mirror reality. Though Durant had an epic Game 6 against the San Antonio Spurs, he hasn’t been electric all season long. In clutch situations, Durant beats James in shooting percentages by only a sliver (in fact, James was better from downtown). Overall, James has registered a higher player efficiency rating (PER), which bottles up all the box-score stats into one trusty figure. James bests Durant in the rebounding and assist categories while Durant takes the cake in the points and turnover department.
What separates James from Durant and the rest of the league is his uncanny ability to find the open man under pressure. And somehow, this team-first mentality has been twisted to become one of James’ greatest perceived flaws. Despite playing in 45 fewer minutes than Durant in clutch situations, James has 23 assists to Durant’s measly six. If you’re wondering why James has posted a far superior plus/minus than Durant this season in standard clutch time, look no further than the MVP’s ability to hit the open man.
Ah, the tables have turned. As the game creeps into the final minute, we see that James and Durant have undergone a bit of a role switch. This time, Durant has recorded the higher PER while James boasts the higher shooting percentage. That runs counter to what we saw in the previous analysis with looser constraints.DO OR DIE SITUATIONS-Situation: final 24 seconds, down three points or less or tied. Statistics are per 48 minutes.
It should be noted, though, that as we slice the game down to smaller and smaller increments, we’re getting less and less meaningful. Fluky things start having a greater weight when we’re dealing with less than two full games worth of playing time, as is the case here.
But hey, it’s still ridiculously fun to look at. Yes, Durant has scored a mind-boggling 59 points per 48 minutes in super clutch time. And yes, James has posted a monster triple-double line of 41.9 points, 17.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists. (Quick timeout: This is where we take a moment to stop and thank the basketball gods for delivering us this terrific matchup.)
So why has Durant been more productive this time around? Because of his crazy-good shot-creating ability. While Durant carves up the defense for his own shot, James creates for others. In 83 minutes of play, Durant has recorded just one assist, but during that time he has made a ridiculous 59 shots. Though a 59-to-1 make-to-assist ratio might make some people queasy, that’s just a testament to Durant’s freakish talent at getting a shot off. Also, James has been sloppier with the ball in these moments, though it’s hard to take issue with the average of 17.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists.
Can we go deeper? Of course. Let’s take it one step further and look at do-or-die situations. Remember Durant’s 3-of-4 mark mentioned earlier? What would it look like if we looked at game-tying or go-ahead field goals in the final 24 seconds of the game for each player’s career? That’ll give us a much better sample size than four shots.
Game on the line, one shot to win it. Who has performed better, Durant or James? The answer might surprise you.
Yes, you read that correctly:
In do-or-die situations, James has performed better than Durant over their respective careers.
James has made 35-of-102 shots (34 percent, or 37 percent if you prefer effective field goal percentage, which lends extra weight to 3-pointers). Durant checks in at 18-for-67 (or 27 percent, which is effectively 34 percent). Durant has drained a higher percentage of his 3-point shots and free throws, but overall, James has the upper hand.
Two disclaimers here. One, Durant has about half as many opportunities as James in these situations, so that’s why the points column is so lopsided. Secondly, it feels unfair to judge Durant so early in his career; he’s almost a decade younger than Dwyane Wade, for crying out loud.
What these numbers tell us is that our eyes can deceive us. The mythology of clutch is oftentimes just that, a myth. We’ve seen Durant hit an incredible number of game-winning shots, but we forget the misses. And there have been many -- even though he’s been nearly flawless this postseason. When Durant fails in the closing moments, we tend to chalk it up to bad luck and inexperience. But when James fails, as he did in the Finals in 2011, it’s seen as damning evidence of his defective soul.
In the end, when we cut through all the rhetoric about James' and Durant’s clutch performances and look at the data, we find that they’re nearly indistinguishable. And the one thing that Durant seems to have over James -- the so-called clutch gene -- may be nothing more than a mirage.
Did you ever see Kobe or MJ get swept in the finals like Lebron did?Kobe losing 4-1 to Detroit after being up 1-0 is just as bad considering that Kobe had a much better team with Shaq, GP, and Malone.
Kobe losing 4-1 to Detroit after being up 1-0 is just as bad considering that Kobe had a much better team with Shaq, GP, and Malone.