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Kobe Bryant on his recent string of misses late in the postseason: ‘I’m not clutch’

May 3, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT


Kobe Bryant is largely considered one of the game’s best closers, but the numbers recently have shown that this assertion is simply not factually correct.

The most recent data comes from ESPN Stats & Info, who point out that Bryant has now missed five straight postseason go-ahead or game-tying field goals that he’s taken in the final 24 seconds of fourth quarter or overtime.

This includes, of course, Bryant’s missed three-point attempt at the buzzer against the Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals on Monday. The reason for the streak of misses, as told by Bryant himself at the Lakers practice facility on Tuesday?

“I’m not clutch,” he said sarcastically.

Bryant’s production in the clutch has been widely debated, and for good reason. He has plenty of makes with the game on the line, but due to almost exclusive usage by his team in these situations, he has many more misses. And in the playoffs, according to ESPN Los Angeles, the last time Bryant has converted was back in 2008 against the San Antonio Spurs.

  1. kyleortonsarm - May 3, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    You never were Kobe. Don’t worry there was never any doubt in our minds that you were average at best.

    • kyleortonsarm - May 5, 2011 at 12:56 AM

      On a related note, its 84-72 Mavs with 3:11 left. Thanks for continuing to not be clutch Kobe. You and the L.A. Fakers. I hope you get swept out. L.A. losing is almost as good as Denver winning.

  2. cjc82481 - May 3, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    Clutch or not I’d still want the ball in his hands with the game on the line. 5 rings.

  3. smackingfools - May 4, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Reminds me of the old Jordan commercial where he was talking about all the game winners he had missed before. You can’t hit them all. But he damn sure hits more than anybody else. Lebron is the one that needs to worry about not being ‘clutch’

  4. therookie773 - May 4, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    Kobe is clutch maybe not in the final shots for the win but nobody counts the shots he makes when there are three minutes left in a game where he will drain threes to tie or take the lead for the eventual win, to me that’s clutch.

    • aboogy123456 - May 4, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      Exactly, clutch is not only the last 24 seconds of a game but it is when the game gets really tight, you notice that Kobe is very clutch. When the lakers are on a scoring drought, kobe gets them out of it, that is clutch for example. Also, the whole fourth quarter in the mavs game was kobe and nowitzki trading shots. It was a great clutch performance by two of the best clutch players, I don’t care that kobe missed it with 3 seconds left.

  5. omniusprime - May 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Kobe is just talking humble to make the Mavs drop their guard. Kobe is just going through a bad streak for late game winning shots and the law of averages dictates that he’ll go on a lucky streak, like just in time to win another NBA Finals MVP and his sixth ring. Jordan didn’t always hit every game winning shot attempt, but he did it more often than not just like Kobe. Look forward to the Repeat World Champion Lakers taking the Mavs behind the woodshed tonight for a good beating!

  6. fouldwimmerlaik - May 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Yes, omnius! You are correct, sir. This is all part of a ruse by Kobe and Phil and those who do not realize it only prove how great of a plan it is. It worked against New Orleans and it will work against Dallas. “The Lakers are weak” is the message that is falsely being sent. Ha Ha! We know better.

    My Kobe Bryant Action Figure – Playoff Edition is still flying proud.

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