Courtney Lee’s game-winning alley-oop vs the Kings: Possible or BS?

David Astramskas, David AstramskasAbout the Author
Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

| November 14th, 2014 | 1,630 Views

To quote Twitter user Myles Brown quoting Kanye West via Ball Don’t Lie “HOW SWAY?!”

Well, the answer isn’t “the NBA is fixed and I love the 4 year deal the NBA just signed with FanDuel” but my answer is: The Redemption Gods were in the FedExForum last night.

Down by 26 points in the first half, the Grizzlies clawed themselves back into the game and found themselves down by 1 and with the ball with 0.3 seconds left on the clock.

What can humanly be done in 0.3 seconds?

Nothing but this is 0.3 seconds in the NBA where the slogan “Watch Amazing Happen” can and often does happen.  And what happened on this night was Vince Carter threw an inbound alley-oop pass to a wide-open Courtney Lee who caught, not tapped, caught, the ball and then did a reverse layup….in 0.3 seconds!

The refs checked the replay and said it was good, Grizzlies win. DeMarcus Cousins supposedly didn’t agree.

I’m with Boogie (if he said that) but like I said, the Redemption Gods were in the building.

You might remember back in the 2009 NBA Finals when Courtney Lee, with the Orlando Magic, had a chance to win GM2 against the Lakers with a similar play (.6 seconds) but blew it despite being just as wide-open. HOW SWAY!?

Although I don’t think beating the Kings in November is as memorable or satisfying as beating the Lakers in June, Lee and the Grizzlies will happily take it.

The Kings are going to appeal the win and try to take their victory back but I have a feeling that the NBA is going to say “F You, You lost Boogie.” 

Which is something that Kings Coach Mike Malone believes they deserve. 

“We lost the game, and it didn’t come down to that last play,” Malone said, later adding: “We built a 26-point lead and threw it away. “.We didn’t deserve to win that game.”

Deserve or not, the game didn’t come down to the last play, second, tenths of a second and all I can say is you gotta love this game. I mean, where else can so much happen in half a second?





Tags: ,

Back to Top ↑