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Kobe gets a great look to win, somehow misses

Posted on: May 3, 2011 2:08 am
Posted by Royce Young

According to most every casual NBA and Los Angeles Laker fan, the Lakers had the Mavericks right where they wanted them. Or at the least, in an advantageous spot. L.A. was down two with 3.1 seconds left.

Meaning it was Mamba Time.

We've all seen Kobe Bryant hit big shots time after time. He's done it my team, he's done it to your team. The image of him drilling a huge crunch-time shot is emblazoned into our brains. Ask most anyone that hasn't ever heard of or has a Synergy Sports account and they'll tell you Kobe is the most clutch player since Michael Jordan.

And in some ways, he is. I mean, you let me pick one guy to take and make a shot with a few seconds left and I'm probably going to come back to Kobe. Still, a ton of research and a ton of great sportswriting has sort of debunked the Kobe in the clutch thing. A big reason for it is because the Lakers tend to go away from the offense that makes them so tough to defend and basically it turns into Kobeball. His ball-hogging bogs down the Lakers and in the clutch -- defined as the last five minutes of a game within five points -- the Lakers' offensive efficiency takes a massive hit.

Monday though, down two with a couple seconds left, the Lakers drew one up for you-know-who and it was a beauty. After Kobe caught the ball, I would assume every Dallas Maverick fan there is immediately sensed the worst coming. Kobe had a clean look and we all just knew we were about to watch the latest signature Kobe in the clutch moment.

Except a funny thing happened. He missed. Just barely, but he did.

A shame too, because what a great play it was. Andrew Bynum completely swallowed Jason Kidd whole, Derek Fisher delivered the ball on time and Kobe got a clean look. That, was a great play. That, was a great look. If Kobe nails it, we're all talking about The Black Mamba for a few days and bringing up names like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and every other big playoff shotmaker. But he missed it. It happens. Still, a great look for him.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:54 am

Kobe gets a great look to win, somehow misses

What really is concerning here is that Bynum did not "swallow Kidd whole".  He set a moving screen.  If Kobe nails that shot the Mavs lose.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:29 pm

Kobe gets a great look to win, somehow misses

Kobe has only hit 33% of his last second shots. 

Great player but NOT the clutch that people think. 

Too much spin now days ..... 


Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2011 1:19 pm

Kobe gets a great look to win, somehow misses

" completely swallowed whole"

...that's what she said?

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 3, 2011 3:24 am

Kobe gets a great look to win, somehow misses

Your tags are longer than your article.  Shesh.. I don't think you needed to go that buck wild with it.

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