Baron Davis calls out LeBron James critics after Lakers’ Game 5 loss

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LeBron James had a split-second to make a decision: Shoot or pass.

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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?

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="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.» data-reactid=»24″>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.

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After the game, LeBron received criticism on Twitter and from the basketball community for not shooting.

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LeBron defended his decision to pass and defended Green against the naysayers.

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«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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