Marco “Big Balls” Belinelli’s Almost Had One Of The Best Game-Winners Of All-Time
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With 0.5 seconds left, the only thing an inbounder can do is throw the ball and hope a teammate can tap (not catch) the pass into the bucket. Down by one with 0.5 seconds left against the Pistons, the Hornets’ Marco Belinelli got creative and tried to pass the ball of the back of a defender, catch it and shoot it. As impossible as that sounds, Big Balls Belinelli actually pulled off the play with a banking three, but it took a little longer than 0.5 seconds to do. The game-winner was waived off and the scared-for-a-second Pistons got the W.
“It was a good idea by Marco, but with 0.5 seconds left, you probably don’t have time to do anything where more than one person touches the ball,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.
The Hornets have actually had a lot of these close-call moments in recent memory. Last season, Kristaps Porzingis had his game-winning three with 0.6 seconds called off.
In 2015, a time-out saved the Hornets from losing on a half-court shot by DeMar DeRozan.
And older Hornets fans will probably remember the refs waiving off this should-have-counted game-winning three by Baron Davis in the 2002 playoffs. At least the Hornets won the game in overtime.
Back to “Big Balls,” since his game-winner was waived off, he ended the night 0 for 5 from the field. Maybe next time, which is exactly what I said when I saw his hilarious attempt to get lucky a few years ago.