Think you need to redefine "dagger". That shot came with the game tied and over 3 minutes left!
When an opposing player knocks down a shot from near half-court to take the lead, especially after your two best players both missed a pair of free throws, that'll take the wind right out of your sails. I don't care who you are, that's a spirit breaker. Melo and Trent's big shots were set up by Dame's shot and Whiteside's defense. That shot was the turning point. It completely shifted the momentum of the game in Portland's favor. So yes, it was the dagger.
As for the free throws. They're called 'free' throws for a reason. Those are gimme points that the defense is just giving to you. You have to knock them down, especially in crunch time in the playoffs. Absolutely inexcusable. That would have put the Lakers up 4 if A.D. and LeBron had knocked them down and that could've changed the momentum in the Lakers favor.
So, opting out in order to protect his family, including his six-year old son who has a history of respiratory illnesses (Meaning: He's at risk) makes Avery Bradley a flake? Good to know. He made a decision to put his family first, basketball second, and he shouldn't be faulted for it. If anything, he should be praised.Last edited by PAOerfulone - on 20 August 2020
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