Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at 12:41 pm  |  79 responses

Video: LeBron Passes to Haslem at the Buzzer

Should he have taken the final shot?

Following Devin Harris’ sick go-ahead floater, LeBron James passed up the final shot, and the Heat had their nine-game winning streak snapped.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    didn’t see the game but i heard bron was hot like fiyah at the end, if that is true he needs to take the shot even if doubled. having said that, that is haslems shot

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    and d wade probably cries to the refs at least as much as the worst primadonas in the league

  • http://nonstopsports1.blogspot.com/ LaKid

    We put up a post on our blog about this today, we’d love to hear the Slamily’s thoughts (link in the name)! Gotta say, the guy is overly criticized, but damn, he’s got to take a shot at some point.

  • Heals

    THAT’s Haslem’s shot, period. Great way to draw the extra man and set-up a pristine FT line jumper for Haslem. If Bosh as playing LBJ makes the same play. Great choice, smart basketball and an awesome teammate. Critics be damned cause they’re Dead Wrong on this one…

  • quest

    this is lebrons game he finds his teammates. haslem was expecting the pass because he knows this and just missed the open shot. if you want to watch some guy jack up 25 game winning shot attemps and make like 8 of them kobe will be glad to entertain you. but i guess kobe gets it the same when he misses and a teammate is wide open so this is just the criticism the greats get.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    That was a good play. I hadn’t seen it last night and thought LeBron passed up a real opportunity. They were doubling him and he didn’t have much space to work with. Haslem should have made it.

  • quest

    watching it again i think haslem shoulda swung it to chalmers who had an even better look


    if that was Bosh instead of Haslem, win number 10 was there 4 the heat

  • Balls

    he had a three there. even time to pump fake. your on fire go for it.
    haslem is ice cold.

    but pass you lose, miss you lose, just shoot and make use happy

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Matt Harpering was making an A Hole of himself last night on the broadcast.

  • logues

    i cant believe ppl are saying that was the right play.. to have udonis haslem shoot the game winning shot. lebron wasnt even thinking shoot on that play

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    The thing is Lebron was on fire in the 4th quarter, he took many difficult shots to bring the Heat back and make a game of it. So, I still dont understand why when the game is on the line he chooses to pass, but for 4 in a half quarters of basketball he if he is feeling it he shoots it without a problem. I could even understand if he was off that night sure make the pass to Hasleem, but when dude is dropping 36-38 points, he had 17 points in the 4th quarter last night, take THE SHOT, theres a reason they double team Lebron and they rather someone else to try to beat them. Because, it is a low probability. There is a reason why Lebron get paid the big bucks, and Hasleem doesnt. TAKE THE SHOT!

  • Heals

    The GW shot was a FT line J. Haslem has made his offensive living hitting those and baseline J’s. Watch more hoops logues…

  • Everynowhere

    passing to the open man is not ALWAYS the better option. in this case he could have sped through for a layup. oh well, miami lost because of wade.

  • AT33

    Give the damn ball to the CHAMP DWADE!!!! He’s got the killer instinct for these types of situations not lebron.

  • Yesse

    I don’t think that was a bad pass, but i have never seen Haslem make a buzzer beater.

    I have seen him shooting from that range multiple times though.

  • the truth

    make the damn shot. kobe’s forcin one there bout a 10% chance shot but if he hits it it’s kobe bein clutch. bullsh*t

  • stlheatmaniac

    truthfully i thought that was a play drawn up to counter the double team when i saw the game last night. soon as lj touched the rock the double team came so he hit a wide open haslem in his sweet spot for teh game winning jumper. until i came to work and got on espn.com i didnt realize that the world thought he ran from the shot. i think its pretty rediculous actually. i saw the whole dam game and lj saved our azz in the second half while wade KILLED us!! he a vet but he was soo sloppy last night! i couldnt believe he fouled that guy at the 3 point line when the D finally locked down plus LJ got us up on the scoreboard FINALLY! that L goes straight to D wades fault if u ask me. if he didnt blow it wit those 2 stupid fouls it wouldnt of even been a last second shot. plus its no excuse haslem missed a wide open jumper in his sweet spot. no way in hell does lj get blammed if u watch the game in my opinion.

  • Dungeon Family

    Mental Block

  • anynomous

    It honestly looked as though that play was designed for haslem or at least for lebron to pass if he was double teamed based on the fact that he never really looked at the basket. that being said, from looking at the clip it wasnt a hard double team from milsap and with 4.5 seconds lebron probably should have kept driving to his left until he got to the basket. he could have easily exploded pass milsap on route to a layup, a slam, or a foul which would have been a higher percentage shot than haslem`s. but it`s not the end of the world. I`m sure lebron and miami has moved on already.

  • the truth

    ^ true

  • Heals

    I think (not know) that if he continues towards the hoop the Jazz defender from the corner cuts him off forcing LBJ to pass to the man in he corner for a 3…

  • Seun

    to me blame for this loss goes to five things:
    1. Dwayne Wade- he fouled Devin Harris on he three there was no need to foul Devin Harris on that play.
    2.Erik Spolestra for the play he drew up, if your going to call a play for lebron to win the game don’t call a play that gives him an option to pass if u watched that play then you could tell that he was looking to pass and that he and probably Erik spolestra knew that udonis haslem would be open. Erik should have drawn up a isolation play where lebron, who had 17 points in the quarter, takes two dribbles and shoots.
    3. Heat rebounding- the jazz out rebounded 50-32 and had 23 offensive rebounds, that’s embarrassing.
    4.Heat’s Effort- the jazz got to every lose ball and just out hustled the heat.
    5.Lebron James, for not telling the coach to cal an isolation play.

  • blackthought

    lebron should`ve shot it, maybe he needs a tutorial from kobe – who`s never afraid of takin`the last shot, even if he`s 1-12. if lebron learns the lesson, he`s a true great (he`s the best in the nba for years to come, just not when the game is on the line, KOBE)!

  • stlheatmaniac

    Big Seun u speak tha truth. if LJ had the rock it should of been iso cause until espn started talking bout he passed it on a last second shot i woulda sworn to my grave that it was a play writin by spo. either way rebounding effort was an embarrassment and its just one L and we already passed it. bring on LA

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    watch all 5 Jazz players start to converge at the paint that split second before he made the pass…..

  • vtrobot

    imagine if kerr had missed that shot when mike passed to him. what an idiot MJ would have been. chill out.

  • -MAS-

    That was the right call from the head coach and LBJ. Haslem also had an open player to his right but the clock was tight. IF they draw up the same play but with Wade taking the shot I guess he would have not been so wide open. End of the day you rise or fall as a team. Its never on ONE Player.

  • logues

    Heals: so u’d rather have a guy that had 4 points the whole night vs the best player in the league who had 17 points in the 4th quarter shoot the game winner? i dont care if they were semi-trappin him, bron takes dumb fadeaway shots like that all the time that he makes esp when he’s hot.

  • logues

    serioulsy, watching this over lebron coulda easily did his step-back to the left and had a pretty good look. the point is bron takes these shots all the time thruout the game till the game is on the line

  • http://chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls Diesel

    I agree with logues. I don’t care what the right basketball play would be if this were the first quarter and every player on the court had the same ability. Haslem is not used to the pressure of a game winning shot. Like Logues said, he also only had 4 points up until that point. Lebron had one guy to his immediate right, which if Lebron chose to drive the ball, would have been completely out of the play. Lebron is the biggest, most athletic freak in the game. Take the ball, take one dribble to drive past the slow power forward that was trying to gaurd you from a stand still and either dunk the ball or get fouled. People can make all the excuses they want, but the trend is definitly there, when it comes to the last shot, Lebron does not want that pressure.

  • Shem

    I don’t see the problem with this, he made a high IQ basketball play. That is Haslems shot, people just love to critisize LeBron no matter what he does.

  • Heals

    ^^^That’s where I’m coming from. @logues that’s part of why I love it. It’s just after ASW weekend so in garnd scheme it’s just another game, Haslem had a rough night and LBJ sets him up perfectly in his wheelhouse and dude just missed so they move on. Haslem knows it and will be ready (or Bosh) the next time it comes (playoffs). That’s what I like, it’s the same thing the C’s do, the Spurs do, get the open man with the best look the ball. The other trend I see is dude “Balls the Uck Out” the whole game to put his teams in position to win and trusts his teammates enough to make the right play. A step back J a foot or 2 in front of the 3pt line leaning to your left is not a better option than a Haslem mid-range J from that spot to me…

  • Heals

    I understand everyone’s desire for LBJ to just JohnWayne it up on these last second plays whether he succeeds or not just to see what he’s made of, but the guy makes the right basketball decision more often than not when the seconds tick away in a close one (See v Det in the playoffs, see gm7 v Bos on the road). Each play/situation is unique to that game/moment and therefore always bringing up his past choices isn’t always relevant to me. ASG – shoot it dude, own the moment, Last night – nice set-up, perfect pass…

  • Freshy

    Great pass by Lebron. Haslem could have hit or missed. Guess we’re the spoiled espn generation of last second shot heroics but this was textbook basketball by Lebron and he makes his teammates better. I bet you Haslem will be in the gym practicing that shot over and over, making himself and his team better in the long run. The media can call it whatever, but Lebron has carried teams and won games on his back over and over again. Nice pass, bad ending. It happens.

  • Rainman

    The thing about it is, yeah, it was a nice pass, but the best ones dont think of passing in that situation. With LeBron most of the time, it seems like he cant get the ball out of his hands fast enough. This is the regular season tho, against a team that wudnt give them any trouble in a playoff series, i usually expect this typa thing at some point after the irst round of the playoffs onwards (see the Celtics the last 2-3 seasons Bron was in the playoffs, and Dallas last year. It always happens somehow, i just never understand why)

  • Rainman

    this guy was liek 10 for 11 in the 4th…SHOOT!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Weird how nobody is talking about the fact that the Heat had no business being in that situation? Just to me? LeBron is the reason they even had a chance to screw up.

  • jr724

    I’m more upset with Wade’s idiotic fouls and Spoelstra’s bad play call then LeBron passing it up. Sure he should’ve taken it, but if Wade was in the PnR situation it would be more understandable to make a pass to Wade than Haslem.

  • riggs

    haslems shot or not, youre gonna go to an offensively limited PF for the last shot? come on now.

  • Shem

    Offensively limited, yes. That is his strength though. Haslem doesn’t have much post game but he’s a good mid range shooter. LeBron is the best player in the league right now and people somehow manage to diss his game.

  • robb

    He just doesn’t want to do it. I can almost hear him saying: you shoot it, you shoot it!

  • http://guyism.com/sports/michael-jordan-selling-chicago-area-home-for-29-million-dollars.html Caboose

    ^What we manage to “diss” is his utter fear of failure. I’m no psychiatrist, but I’m sure a halfway decent sports psychologist would point to the whole path LeBron went through to get to where he is now as a breeding ground for such a fear. Jordan looked to his failures for strength. Kobe hates to fail, but it never stops him. Duncan doesn’t care about failure. LeBron has a fear of it. Think about it, all his life he’s been told he’s the Chosen One; the kid who couldn’t fail. What kind of mental image does that instill in a young man when he’s told that supreme success isn’t hoped for from him, but EXPECTED from him? He’ll naturally (and possibly subconsciously) drift away from anything that might breed what he considers a failure. To him, passing the ball is his way to insulate against failure. We’ve seen that since his days in Cleveland (remember that game winning shot that he passed out to Donyell Marshall instead?). What LeBron needs is to accept the fact that we, the world, aren’t expecting perfection from him. We’ll settle just for a pretty damn good player.

  • Michelle

    You name yourself the king and you say you want to be a champion. Then grow some balls and take those shots yourself instead of putting the responsibility on others!!!

  • IamYou

    LOL! after seeing that game I was like he should’ve take that shot.. but when I watching that game I saw haslem and was screaming at him pass it to him his open you’re not clutch! but yeah you know what they say you win some you lose some..

  • http://Slamonline Jimbo

    The thing is, Haslem can’t just shoot it. He needs similar shots throughout the game to get it going and eventually shoot that shot. Great pass by LeBron, but when you have been shooting the whole fourth quarter and the rest or your team has not shot in a while, you shoot even if you are doubled.

  • http://Slamonline.com Mars

    Getting the teammate’s confidence ready for the playoffs. Spolestra knows what he’s doing. Lebron knows he can turn it on anytime, so can DWade, so now they gotta get the role players involved. Miami going for those rings folks. Relax.

  • http://Slamonline.com Mars


  • http://guyism.com/sports/michael-jordan-selling-chicago-area-home-for-29-million-dollars.html Caboose

    LeBron can turn it on any time? I would like to direct your limited attention to the 2011 Finals.

  • SylvioMac

    You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Stupid Lebron. Afraid of missing the shot.

  • Matt Park

    Are y’all serious??? Haslem has made a living on those shots and Lebron had 3 seconds left. All that he could have gotten was a contest leaner or fadeaway. This was the right play. If the Spurs had run this play with Tony Parker or Manu along with Tim Duncan and TD missed the shot, everyone would still be saying it was a good play. The fact that Lebron was “hot” in the 4th quarter doesn’t matter. A bad shot is a bad shot and the chances were that Haslem was going to make that shot more often than not considering how wide open he was.

  • http://guyism.com/sports/michael-jordan-selling-chicago-area-home-for-29-million-dollars.html Caboose

    ^So let’s see here…you just compared Tim Duncan to Udonis Haslem, Tony Parker to LeBron James, and an on-fire player to a cold one. I’d pick apart your argument but it would be too easy.

  • Matt Park

    Oh, and I really dislike the Utah broadcasters (can’t think of the word right now…). They were blatantly hating on the Heat all game long, esp. Lebron. I mean, c’mon. Where’s the respect? I understand cheering for your team but where is the sportsmanship? “Lebron couldn’t get it done” “That was a no-call for Kanter” and one play later a similar situation happens to Haslem “That should not have been called”… Jesus. I have to love the fans, though.

  • Matt Park

    Tim Duncan shot 43% from the mid-range last year (on 2.9 shots) as well as 48% this year (on 4.3 shots) and has not shot better than 43% before this year. Haslem has shot 45% or better on the mid-range (on 4 shots a game) three times since ’07 and is shooting 40% this year (on 2.9 shots). They are rather similar number-wise and Haslem was wide-open on this play.

    If you don’t like TP to Lebron, then how about Manu to Lebron? TP and Manu are both much better from mid-range compared to Lebron and that would have been the shot that they would have been forced to take (all three of them). Alright, have Manu or whoever be hot like LBJ.

    Now what?

  • http://guyism.com/sports/michael-jordan-selling-chicago-area-home-for-29-million-dollars.html Caboose

    Now I still say that LeBron should take that shot. How many game winners/tying shots has Haslem hit? Hint: it’s less than one. How about Duncan? It’s a bit more than that. When it comes to that play, LeBron basically had the chance to shoot a step back midrange that he had already taken and made twice in the past 5 minutes. Whereas, Haslem had the chance to shoot a mid range that he hadn’t shot in the entire game. I’m sorry, but in my mind, the clutch play should come down to who has the hot hand and has confidence to hit it. LeBron was beasting. I’ll have the best player in the league who is on fire shoot a contested(?) mid range EVERY time over a cold player. I’ll also ignore the fact that you rate Manu’s midrange shot as better than LeBron’s right now.

  • http://slamonline house

    People need to chill, w/o Lebron’s play the game would have been a no-contest. Lebron’s play made it a contest and it takes more than one person to win a game or can all of the HOF couch coaches around here not grasp that. It was a good pass for an uncontested shot that didn’t drop. No more no less.

  • Sam LT1-Caprice

    The biggest Kobe fan in Iowa for the past 10 years says good choice LeBron, definitely the right decision.




    @LaKid I am going to check out your blog.

  • Jose

    Haslem probably should have swung it to chalmers. I mean, you get the double, you pass to the open man, haslem could have probably managed a little fake before a pass to mario at the 3.

  • Spetsnaz

    For those experts who are saying “the best players dont pass in that situation” might want to check out Jordan being “scared” and passing it to Kerr and Paxson for game winning shots in the finals. If lebron jacked up a contested jumper over a double team everyone would be complaining saying he’s trying to prove a point. Bottom line he passed to an open team mate who has made a career of hitting that shot….The right play was made and it was bad luck that he Haslem missed it.

  • http://Slamonline Jimbo

    But the point is that LeBron was shooting it the whole fourth quarter. I do not recall Haslem shooting it at all. In that scenario, LeBron who was on fire should take the shot as he still had time to. You can’t ask a guy who hasn’t shot all game to shoot the game winner and make it.

  • furiousfunkfanatic

    I remember, how MJ passed the ball to Steve Kerr in exactly the same situtation. Kerr made the shot, Haslem missed, that’s it.

    After the game MJ said, that he would always pass the ball to Steve Kerr for the last shot, if it were the better decision.

  • jags

    im not a lebron fan, but what if LeBron wins a Championship, im thinking what will his critics/haters say or say next. haha!

  • jags

    great players make great decisions, pssing to Open teammates when the game is on line. MJ to Kerr, Kobe to Fisher, Lebron to Haslem/etc. The 1st 2 great players were just lucky that their teammate made the shot. Sorry for LBJ that Haslem didnt made the shot. Overall, LBJ played great. Leading again a comeback.. but came short.

  • http://slamonline dan

    look up Fernando Torres……..

  • https://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    I’m going to blame LeBron for putting them back in the game. Wade deserves credit for fouling a jump shooter in a critical moment. And the Heat’s bigs deserve credit for allowing Utah to grab a ridiculous number of offensive rebounds.

  • http://slamonline Jimbo

    @dan, this is a basketball magazine not soccer….

  • http://slamonline dan


    Fernando Torres is an outrageously talented player who has lost confidence.
    It is said he chokes in pressure situations and needs the help of a sports psychologist to unlock this problem. should be simple to solve – is James the kind of individual to admit he could use a bit of help though?………….

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Whether its his fault or not dude just keeps on coming up short in game winning situations.

  • http://slamonline Jimbo

    @dan Fernando Torres WAS an outrageously talented player. After the world cup he just stuck for liverpool and chelsea. LeBron is a consistently great player who should not shy away from these moments. At any other time during the game that is a great pass. With the game on the line you shoot it no matter what. This is the difference between lebron and mj and kobe. MJ and Kobe have that killer instinct and no sports psychologist is gonna help that.

  • http://slamonline Jimbo

    i meant stunk in the second sentence

  • Dan

    i really dont like bron for how he went to miami and how cheap he acted off the court during the last finals.

    but come on, in this game he just took the right decision. haslem had a good look at the basket and was open. there is no reason for him to shoot by himself. b4 that situation james brought his team back with clutch shooting in the final minutes. even jordan passed on some last second shots. without kerr, grant oder paxson he wouldnt have 6 rings today.

  • Paul H

    I really do not know how to feel about this play. On one hand “hero” ball Is incredibly overrated and on balance Is conductive to good fourth quarter offense, but there Is still something troubling about Lebrons reluctance to take that shot. It’s still the only reason I have not fully bought into the heat juggernaut.

  • Paul H

    *Is not conductive

  • http://slamonline Jimbo

    I agree with Paul… LeBron was taking those shots all of the fourth, so why not take one more? He lacks that instinct that Kobe, MJ and other greats had.

  • http://slamonline dan

    Jimbo – the only problem with Torress is he doesn’t want to take the shot – (he is otherwise good) maybe due to overriding fear of missing , it seems JBJ has a similar problem in the dying seconds – you get me

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I see what you did there Huey.

  • likeucare

    7 turnovers, 4 missed free throws in 8 attempts passes on last shot. There’s your NCIS Miami apolgists. Lefraud at his finest.