In the Lakers' play-in victory over the Warriors on Thursday, LeBron James
had 22 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and this game-winning three-pointer:
@KingJames' LONG DISTANCE GAME-WINNER! @Lakers will be the West #7 seed in the #NBAPlayoffs and will face #2 PHX in the First Round (Game 1 Sunday, 3:30pm/et on ABC
) pic.twitter.com/CpEtashUc2— NBA (@NBA) May 20, 2021
James played on an ankle that had caused him to miss 26 of the Lakers' previous 30 games, and he claimed he got poked in the eye hard enough to blur his vision before launching his shot in the Lakers' 103-100 victory, which gave them the Western Conference's No. 7 seed in the NBA playoffs.
Nonetheless, the superstar's harshest critic, Fox Sports
' Skip Bayless, had to offer a contrarian viewpoint.
“Lucky desperate three by LeBron with the pressure off at the end of the shot clock,” tweeted Bayless. “He’s at his best when there’s no drive-or-launch decision. He can just heave and hope. If he misses, no expectation, no fault. It’s an ‘impossible’ shot. Besides, he ‘was seeing three rims.’”
He's at his best when there's no drive-or-launch decision. He can just heave and hope. If he misses, no expectation, no fault. It's an "impossible" shot. Besides, he "was seeing three rims." — Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 20, 2021
Fans reacted to Bayless' rip job in the following ways:
WARRIPIKIN (@karo_manuel) May 20, 2021
...ok— (@TheClutchGene) May 20, 2021 Tie game with a minute left shot clock winding down? For a playoff birth?
The other 96 were just as lucky, ya? pic.twitter.com/LbfQxvFQIS— they drafted a Guard, now relax (@TheBeefSquatch) May 20, 2021
— AC (Slater) (@SalesJourneys) May 20, 2021
Did LeBron run your cat over with his hummer when he was 18?— Rainie (@Rainie12925419) May 20, 2021
pic.twitter.com/WQJLu8QQNo — Billy HoyleTM (@_IamTrueHate) 20 May 2021
Bayless, a Fox Sports 1 commentator on “Undisputed,” has made a career of criticizing James, ripping him for his free-throw routine, accusing him of drinking water for dramatic purposes, and repeatedly claiming that he “isn’t a closer.”
Even though James was the closer on Thursday, he couldn't silence Bayless.