Who’s the most clutch Cleveland Cavalier: LeBron James or Kyrie Irving? | The Tylt
After losing their perfect playoff record to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, many Cleveland Cavaliers fans were looking to LeBron James to step up in Game 4. However, it was Kyrie Irving who put the team on his back, dropping a game-high 42 points. This isn’t the first time James has been criticized for disappearing at a big moment, and this isn’t Irving’s first rodeo as hero. Who do you want more when the game is on the line? 🏀
Who’s the most clutch Cleveland Cavalier: LeBron James or Kyrie Irving?
So, Kyrie Irving has a couple big games, and hit a couple of game-winning shots. LeBron James has NEVER done that in his career, right? The unwarranted hate LeBron James receives is unreal.
One of the most played-out criticisms of James is that he doesn’t have the killer instinct to perform in clutch situations. Quite the opposite, actually. LeBron James has been one of the most clutch performers, especially in the playoffs. If you just search “LeBron James clutch performances,” you will find YouTube video after YouTube video of game-winners and huge shots the King has made in his career.
The King reigns supreme.
In Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, game tied and less than a minute left, it wasn’t LeBron James that had the ball in his hands—just sayin’. When the Cavaliers really need a big shot, the team turns to Uncle Drew, not the King. And you don’t even have to look that far back to see evidence of this. When Cleveland was locked in a close game with the Golden State Warriors on Christmas this year, it was Irving who backed down Klay Thompson to hit the game-winning shot, not James.
James might be the best player in the league, and he can put games out of reach with his incredible talent. But when the game is tight, he tends to defer to his teammates instead of taking over the game. Irving actually wants to take the big shot, and judging from recent history, he makes the big shot.
Give me the guy that wants to shot in the big moment, instead of having to pass it.
Shotmaking isn't the only way to be clutch.
Once is good. Twice is nice.