That’s your shot of confidence for Emmanuel Mudiay.
The Nuggets’ rookie had a big last minute to ensure Denver’s win over Portland Monday. With :56 left in the game he hit a 15-foot fadeaway to put the Nuggets up by four. Then with :18 seconds left he drained to free throws to keep that lead at four.
That’s when Damian Lillard took the ball and attacked the rim — and Mudiay got up and rejected him. You can see the video above.
Mudiay has plenty to work on — his shot, reducing turnovers — but this kind of confidence booster help the learning process along.