For a story about buzzer-beating "last shots" that ran in
Never were differing philosophies about buzzer-beating shots so borne out as in that game. Trailing by one point with time running down, the Cavs simply cleared out and gave the ball to
It sounds like the Hornets' approach might be better and harder to defend. But I'm willing to bet that every NBA coach, if he were being honest, would rather have the one-big-player-for-the-big-moment option. He might have varying ways to get the ball to his main guy, and, yes, he may have an option if all else fails. But with the clock running down, the crowd on its feet, the defense ready to inflict bodily harm on any player who dares drive near the hoop, and the referees likely to swallow their whistles, you want the ball in the hands of the truly elite.
"You can put a lot of stuff on the blackboard," Nets coach
In this playoff season two players stand above all others in the big-shot respect -- the Lakers'
Now, having those two players alone does not win championships. Obviously. The Celtics took the measure of the Lakers last year, partly, one might argue, because they are a team with two cold-blooded, last-shot assassins in
But if you get into a last-shot situation, my feeling is that having a Kobe or a LeBron still trumps even a team with multiple big-shot options. There's something about the simplicity and surety of the single option, something that cuts through the pressure of drawing up multiple options. Over the long run, it will be interesting to see, for example, what the Nuggets will do in their last-shot situations. Go to the proven
"Some guys are just at another level that other players can't get to," said
Now we'll all sit back and watch