April 24, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 8 comments

This has to rank as one of the most impressive winning shots ever in a playoff game right? Damian Lillard calls an isolation play and hits a 37 foot step-back buzzer beater (over 6'8" Paul George) that not only capped a 50 point night, but takes his team into the next round of the playoffs.

That's some next level shit.

posted by jeremias at 07:49 AM on April 24, 2019

That's a great iso call. Lillard is waaay too quick for George who has to give him a bit of space to start with.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:30 AM on April 24, 2019

The circumstances make this an all-time great shot:

It's in a tied game.
It's a series close-out game.
The clock is winding down.
The player defending is one of the better defensive players.

Paul George said it was not a "great shot"; he misses a couple of things. First, Lillard did not have time to drive toward the hoop. Second, it is a tie, and even if the shot is missed, Portland goes into overtime with the momentum of the home crowd and having come back from 15 down and tying the score. Third, Damien Lillard from 35 feet or more has about a 39% shooting average. Finally, George did not defend as well as he might have. He was playing off of Lillard in order to keep him from finding a way to the paint, a good idea in most cases. The mistake was in not crowding Lillard once the clock got below 2 or 3 seconds. Of course, it is rather much to expect anyone to watch the clock and the ball at the same time. George is correct in it being a bad shot; it is if you are trying to overcome a less than 10 point deficit with some time left. In these circumstances it is a great shot.

posted by Howard_T at 11:34 AM on April 24, 2019

If Bill Raftery had ordered that shot as a breakfast special at Denny's, he would have called out "extra onions, scrambled puppies, fall away toast".

posted by beaverboard at 02:17 PM on April 24, 2019

One (or 2) more things about last night's game 7 between Maple Leafs and Bruins.

The over-under on total goals for the game was 5.5. At 19:59.7 of the 3rd period the score stood at 4-1 Bruins, making those who bet on the under very comfortable. At 19:59. 8 the Bruins scored into an empty net, making those who had bet on the over very happy. You never really know.

When Charlie Coyle scored into an empty net late in the third period to make the score 4-1, Bruins' play-by-play announcer on NESN, Jack Edwards came out with the call, "Charlie Coyle scores into the empty net and the Leafs are mulch -- again." Jack Edwards, you are unique.

posted by Howard_T at 04:25 PM on April 24, 2019

Howard, that call got me giggling. It was delivered just right.

posted by kokaku at 05:23 PM on April 24, 2019

Vlad Jr getting the call up on Friday. MLB about to get 23% more fun

posted by NoMich at 07:29 PM on April 24, 2019

The first round of the NHL playoffs in one short video.

posted by grum@work at 11:56 PM on April 24, 2019

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