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LeBron James wanted to take potential game winner, watched Matthew Dellavedova miss instead

LeBron James, Kevin Love, Matthew Dellavedova

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23), forward Kevin Love (0) and guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) walk off the court after a missed basket against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, on Saturday, April 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)


It was a clean look.

But was there a better option?

The Cleveland Cavaliers were down two points to the Chicago Bulls with 8.7 seconds left when J.R. Smith missed a free throw and grabbed the offensive rebound. Smith dished to Kevin Love, who quickly moved the ball to an open Matthew Dellavedova, who took the shot and missed it badly.

LeBron — who was at the top of the key and the next pass — wanted to take that shot, he told Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Of course,\ LeBron wanted to take the last shot — he’s LeBron James, he should want to take that shot. I’d be worried if he didn’t want the rock under pressure.

The other question here is would you prefer the hot hand or the guy that’s been the better shooter all season? Dellavedova is shooting 12 percentage points better from three than LeBron, but Delly was 1-of-4 from three for the game while LeBron was 4-of-5.

It’s not like Dellavedova took a Kobe-esque contested jumper over a double team (or triple, in Kobe’s case), he took a clean shot. LeBron may be frustrated, but if you get an open shot under pressure you take it.

The Bulls won the game 105-102, keeping their very slim playoff hopes alive for one more day.