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Caron Butler
Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

No, this isn’t an NBA tie-in with the upcoming Get Smart movie (Anne Hathaway? Yes, please!), rather an observation about LeBron’s final shot — one that came up short; sending the Wizards/Cavaliers match-up back to Washington for a surprising Game 6.

I don’t think Jordan, Kobe, or CP3 (just to name a few) miss this shot…

Now, the reason I say surprising is because Cleveland did something championship teams DON’T do — give their opponent a sense of hope when they should have sent them fishing. The Cavs were up 3-1 and had a golden opportunity to close it out last night and get some much-needed rest before they take on the Celtics the winner of the Hawks/Celtics series.

But alas, they and he — he being LeBron — failed. Meanwhile, thanks to the brilliance of Caron Butler, the Wiz live to fight another day.

Game 6 is Friday night.

In the meantime, I wonder if designated LeBron protector Jay-Z will make another DeShawn Stevenson dis song, just to show how much he disapproves of the Wizards making this a series. In other news, shouldn’t the Jigga-man be more worried about making the Nets better instead of fixating on whether or not DeShawn can feel his face?

I mean, he is part owner of a failing franchise. What’s the point of becoming a LeBron handler when the team you have a financial stake in is floundering like a fish out of water? Unless, of course, your only contribution to the team is/will be trying to sign King James when his Cleveland contract is up…

H-T, as always, to Odenized for the video.