If JaVale McGee gets a hard time for this:
Andre Drummond deserves a little chastising for this.
(hat tip: commenter ProBasketballPundit for the video)
Amar’e Stoudemire squares up shoots a jumper with 9:58 left in the second quarter of Tuesday’s Pistons-Knicks game.
Drummond runs out to contest it.
Then, Drummond backs away as the shot is en route.
And as the rebound bounces right back to Stoudemire, Drummond turns around and runs back on offense (far right of frame).
Drummond doesn’t re-enter the picture (far right of frame) for four seconds – an eternity in real time. In that span, Stoudemire passed to Beno Udrih, who held the ball a while before shooting, seemingly scanning the court to figure out why he was so open.
Maybe the risk/reward of leaving his team to defend 4-on-5 vs. getting an open dunk justifies Drummond turning his back on a rebound coming right to him. But when it backfires, he looks pretty ridiculous.
Hassan Whiteside defends himself when questions about his maturity early in his career with the Kings arise:
“That was a long time ago,” Whiteside said. “If they want to think about things that happened four, five years ago, that’s up to them.
“I don’t think it’s something that should follow me, but I really don’t know right now. That was years ago. Things didn’t work out in Sacramento. I worked my way to get back here. I could’ve easily gave up and went back home and just chilled. But I put in the work, and I feel like I’m a hard worker or I wouldn’t be here.”
But then he does something like this.
Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.
Gordon Hayward took it from there.
This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*
*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang
Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.
Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.
The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.
But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.
Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.
Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.