It’s funny how things work in the NBA.
For the first time in years, a matchup between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat wasn’t anticipated. That’s what happens when you trade two future hall-of-famers to the Brooklyn Nets for draft picks and role players. With all that considered, there may not be a better ending to a game then what we saw last night between the two teams.
And it all started with a bone-headed move by Dwyane Wade. With 0.6 seconds left on the clock up two, a simple miss from Wade would have guaranteed the Miami Heat victory as the rebound would have ran the clock under 0.3 where a shot isn’t allowed to be taken unless it’s a tip-in at the rim. Instead Wade forgets that he has to hit the rim in order to for the miss at the free-throw line to be legal:
What are the odds that a player with Dwyane Wade’s IQ makes a mistake such as this? That 0.6 seconds was just enough time for the Celtics to get a shot off. And boy did Jeff Green get a shot off:
Call it the basketball Gods getting their revenge on the Heat. Sure the stakes aren’t the same as losing/winning a NBA Finals series, but the odds of Wade shanking the free-throw, Gerald Wallace making a perfect pass and Jeff Green hitting a fadeaway in the corner over Lebron James to hit the game are probably the same as the Heat coming back down five with 26 seconds left in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Quite compelling if you ask me.
Looking at the roster of the Celtics, this will likely be the highlight of their year. Well at least until Rajon Rondo returns to the basketball courts. This is the biggest shot in Jeff Green’s young career and will likely go down as the best buzzer-beater this NBA season has to offer.