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LeBron James’ clutch pass to Chris Bosh highlights what makes LeBron, Heat ‘special’

Jun 9, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

LeBron James, Chris Bosh LeBron James, Chris Bosh

LeBron James drove toward the basket, faced the threat of a double team and kicked the ball to Chris Bosh in the right corner.

After missing the shot to close Game 5 against the Pacers, Bosh made the 3-pointer in Game 2 against the Spurs. It put the Heat up 95-93 with 1:18 left – the last of 17 lead changes.

“When the ball is in my hands, I’m going to make the right play,” LeBron said. “…I got a lot of confidence in my teammates, and they got a lot of confidence in me, and we live with the results no matter what happens.”

Asked about his superstar’s willingness to pass in crunch time, Erik Spoelstra smiled wide before the question was even completed.

“It’s the theater of the absurd when you’re dealing with what plays he makes at the end of a game,” Spoelstra said. “He makes the right basketball play.

“We know the process is right. Make or miss, it opens up for noise from outside.”

That noise got fairly loud after Bosh missed against the Pacers – more questions about LeBron’s killer instinct. I thought we had moved past that discussion, but as long he keeps passing in those situations, his critics come out of the woodwork.

1. LeBron passes in clutch

2. Teammate misses shot

3. LeBron faces criticism

4. Rinse, wash and repeat

The only way to break the cycle is at step No. 2, and his teammates not only want to do their part, they’re ready – because they understand LeBron will pass at any moment.

“Knowing how LeBron is, you always have to be poised and ready to shoot the basketball,” Bosh said. “He’s the most unselfish player I’ve ever played with.”

Opponents know this, too. That’s why the Spurs typically didn’t double team LeBron when he got hot in the second half.

“You can go double him if you want,” Gregg Popovich said. “He’s a pretty good player. I’m going to guess he’s going to find the open man.”

When San Antonio moved to double on that late possession, Kawhi Leonard chasing him into the paint and Tim Duncan staying home to protect the rim, LeBron found Bosh.

Take that play for granted if you wish. It was the right play and probably should be more common late in games.

But Bosh understands how rare that pass – the one LeBron has proven he’ll make every time in that situation – is for players of LeBron’s caliber.

“That’s what makes this team special, because your best player is willing to sacrifice his shot, a good shot for a great shot,” Bosh said. “And you just have to commend him for that.”

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  1. barkley4life - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    That’s why hes the best player on the planet and its not close. To many get focused on video game numbers and think scoring 30 makes you better than everyone else. Lebron controls a basketball game on both ends of the floor in all phases.

    MJ did that. Kobe was that type of player during the Shaq era. Lebron is the only prime superstar in the game right now that is doing that.

    Please don’t sell me Kevin Durant. Until he can control a game out of the post at almost 7ft and create offense for his teammates or play lockdown D hes a step below James.

    Not to mention at this pace he may be 3 rings behind Lebron soon.

  2. jzone954 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    And save the foul and ref complaint because both teams had 20 a piece and Miami was really hampered by Mario Chalmers and that stupid foul on Parker. Can you imagine has Lebron chokes on 4 straight free throws?! See you in Miami!

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    This is what separates him from Kobe. Whether it’s Donyell Marshall or Bosh he’ll make the right play.

    He puts aside his ego for the good of the team. Plain and simple.

  4. aboogy123456 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Last two games have been a couple of the best games I’ve ever seen from LeBron. Forget his stats, it’s his mentality and confidence to keep his team in the game and control the game when things are getting out of control. I guess I’m considered a heat hater but I’m enjoying LeBron play right now.

    • finsfan71 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      Not sure about you being a Heat hater but when you start with the ref conspiracy theories, like you did in the previous blog, it calls your ability for critical thinking into question.

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        I’m just saying what I saw. No conspiracy theories, no excuses (because I think the heat could’ve won anyway). But if you are saying that the foul trouble Ginobili, Green, and Leonard faced, was not at least partly due to inconsistent reffing, then it sounds like you are not watching the game objectively, which I understand is harder for a fan. Regardless, the story of the game was Lebron, not the refs.

      • finsfan71 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        You make it sound like foul trouble isn’t part of the game. This is chess, not checkers.

    • barkley4life - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      He’s been playing this way since Game 6 in Boston. These games are no different. Whether hes scoring 18 or 40 hes controlling the game from tip to final buzzer.

      The way hes abusing the Diaw matchup that gave him problems last year shows that hes adapting to literally everything on the court and right now theres nothing that can stop him….except himself or his body lol.

      Sometimes it literally looks like its Lebron and 4 tin cans on the court (The Heat had a lineup on the floor that was Lebron James Jones Chris Anderson Norris Cole and Ray Allen) and the Spurs had no answer to being spread out and Lebron operating at the elbow in.

    • limonadamas - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      I totally agree with you aboogy… Lebron’s on another level. Still can’t root for the Heat because of Wade, but Lebron’s been magnificent.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    110 comments on the article about LeBron cramping up, mostly haters. And only 4 comments on this article that calls the haters out. Buncha p**sies.

    • hwatt - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Proof that LeBron is basically never going to be ‘popular’ like mj, kobe, etc. weird. He’ll at LEAST get 6 rings, maybe even more, and people will be hatin on them guts forever.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Not just pussies. Dumb as sin, punk loser pussies. Got it?

  6. barkley4life - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Theres no reason to get into a conversations with people who spew nonsense that isnt basketball related when critiquing Lebrons game.

    Lebron deserved the criticism from a basketball perspective early in his career with some of his mental lapses and choices he made.

    However no player has evolved over the last 10 years like he has and even one dimensional early in his career he was arguably the best player in the game even during Kobe’s prime and now its not even a question.

    I picked the Spurs to win the series…heck I even had the Pacers beating the Heat because I thought Battier was cooked and didnt see anything on the bench that could replace stretch 4 mismatch minutes(Until they dusted off Rashard Lewis in Game 4 and hes playing like hes the Sixth man of the year).

    However in saying all that my number one disclaimer on anything is…THE HEAT HAVE LEBRON. He literally trumps everything. Trends numbers etc…it really doesn’t matter. He’s MJ Like right now in his ability to just separate himself on the court from every other player.

  7. newyorkball82 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    There are plenty of “Lebron Lovers” out there, but the only thing that heat fans point out are the “Haters”. Its as if no one is allowed to talk about him in a negative light. You go out of your way to highlight all the “hate”. Like when people say “I cant stand drama”, but are always surrounded by it. If you want to label yourself “King James”, and want to be viewed among the greats or GOAT then deal with the consequences. He’s made boneheaded comments, had bad games, choked, made fun of other players, made arrogant grandiose predictions, talked down to most fans rooting against him after he lost to Dallas and he flops, and whines. This Spurs team can beat the Heat and part of the reason everybody other than Miami fans are rooting for them is because of the embellishment of “King James” being un-beatable.

  8. ericreives - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    James played great. I thought he was more aggressive going to the basket and staying in the paint. I thought he froze his teammates out for a stretch during the second half when it was little too much Lebron all the time. But that’s about it.

  9. ravenswhat - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Lebron plays a beautiful game. End of story.

  10. chargerdillon - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    I thought Heat in 6 before the series. After the cheating/air conditioning crap from game one I changed my opinion to Heat in 5.

    If you watch that game 1. Even with all the adverse effects of being on the road in an insanely hot building the Heat were every way in the game up until Lebron just couldn’t go.
    Game 1: SAS 92 MIA 88
    Game 2: MIA 103 SAS 84
    Game 3: SAS 113 MIA 77
    Game 4: MIA 109 SAS 93
    Game 5: SAS 114 MIA 104
    Game 6: MIA 103 SAS 100
    Game 7: MIA 95 SAS 88

    Look at the scores when in San Antonio. The Spurs were winning by 10+ point margins last year at home. And now they barely won in Game 1 by cheating, and got beat at home in game 2.

    Wont be shocked if this gets wrapped up in the next 3 games.

    • newyorkball82 - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Cheating? I cant believe heat fans are calling the AC problem cheating. That will be a good excuse if they lose, and Im sure we’ll hear it. What about Chalmers elbow, or Wade’s phantom foul that took Ginobli out of the game right as he was gaining momentum?
      Also, Lebron James scored 35 and the heat only won by 2? When Miami won is San Antonio last year, did you notice how much they won by? Keep coming up with the most ridiculous reasons why the heat are going to win (in 5) HAHAHAHA. It just shows that you’re scared of the Spurs and with good reason.

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