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Ramsey blog: Toronto's strangely passive defense helped LeBron make his fantastic shot

May 7, 2018 Updated: May 10, 2018 at 9:37 am
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) hits the game-winning shot as Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby (3) and CJ Miles (0) watch during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors 105-103. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

What was CJ Miles thinking? He was a spectator in last sequence of the Raptors final gasp in a playoff series against the Cavaliers, and much more than spectating was needed.

Check out the photo above. Miles looks as if he's watching the latest installment of "The Avengers." It's a strange image, an image that will haunt Miles for the rest of his basketball life.

LeBron James, the greatest basketball player on earth was driving for a shot in the dying seconds. LeBron did not have time to pass. LeBron was almost certainly not going to pass, anyway. This was his moment.

OG Anunoby played noble defense on LeBron in those final seconds. He cut off the middle, forcing LeBron to go left.

And forced LeBron to head toward Miles, who could have and should have done more than watch. Miles never departed the corner, even with LeBron essentially invading his territory. As it was, LeBron's bank shot was extremely difficult.

Miles was covering Kyle Korver. That was his assignment. I get that. But when LeBron is headed your way with a season hanging in the balance, it's time to forget assignments and improvise.

If Miles had double-teamed LeBron, the shot that burned down Toronto would have been close to impossible.

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