Dwyane Wade: Don't second-guess
In both games, last-second shots from role players, not stars, went awry.
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"I thought it was a great play, you know my answer," James said Thursday about Blake's shot.
"The person that should be very happy is Russell (Westbrook), he (got) caught peeking in the paint and left a very good shooter open. Those are the same shots Derek Fisher has hit multiple times for the Lakers. If Steve Blake makes that shot, it's a whole different storyline."
James missed two free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, and was the second option on the final shot.
"You know how it works," James said. "(Metta World Peace) made the perfect (decision) and (Blake) just missed it. You know I've been there before. It was a great play."
Wade, who missed a layup with 16 seconds left that would have tied Game 2 against the Pacers, said this is second-guessing season and players must ignore the scrutiny.
"It's the best time of year for sports fans, the playoffs; if you're a sports fan, you have an opinion," Wade said. "As a player you have to come out and do what you feel is right. You're going to make mistakes -- that's a part of life. If you could get some possessions back, we all would. That's not life. It's easy to watch it on instant replay and say what you would've done."
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