I was supposed to take the ball out. I told coach, 'There's no way I'm taking the ball out unless I can shoot it over the backboard and go in.' So I told him to have somebody else take the ball out, give me the ball and everybody get out the way.In clutch situations, teams tend to run their offense through their stars (or in Lebron's case, the star runs the offense). At its best, you get iconic moments like Michael Jordan's game winner in the '98 Finals and Lebron's aforementioned heroics. At its worst, you get low efficiency desperation, clock draining iso play, and heavily contested, off the mark mid-range jumpers (sarcastically referred to as "hero ball").
Earlier this season, I launched clutch shooting reports. This interactive report uses win probability to classify shots into four basic categories: garbage time, "normal" basketball, clutch, and "double" clutch. That fourth category, double clutch, represent the top 1% of shots in terms of potential impact on a team's chances of victory. The following chart summarizes these four phases as a function of score difference and time remaining.