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CJ McCollum comes to the defense of Lakers veteran Danny Green over Game 5 series-clinching brick

Lakers, CJ McCollum, Danny Green

Los Angeles Lakers veteran swingman Danny Green has gotten a lot of stick for missing a wide-open three-pointer at the end of Game 5 against the Miami Heat on Friday. In the mind of Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum, however, he believes that the excessive criticism is unwarranted.

McCollum took to Twitter to come to the defense of the embattled Green:

Green could not have asked for a better shot, with LeBron James providing a pinpoint pass that left him wide open. It was a perfectly executed play, and in the end, it just came down to Green missing the shot.

Nevertheless, as McCollum expressed in his tweet above, it’s unfair that people are using Green as the scapegoat for L.A.’s Game 5 loss. There were a lot of key plays — on both ends of the floor — that would have led to a championship-clinching win for the Lakers, if only things went their way. Green did miss that potentially championship-clinching shot (quite badly, actually), but to say that he deserves to get cut from the team because of that single play would be an emotional overreaction, to say the least.

The Lakers will need to dust themselves off after that disappointing loss, as they take the floor again on Sunday for Game 6. They are still in the driver’s seat here, and a win on Sunday bags them the title.

On the other hand, Miami has lived to fight for another day, and as we’ve seen many times this season, there’s just no quit in this team.