0.9 of a second, there are still a lot of things you can do in basketball. Catch and shoot, alley-oop or simply do like what Derek Fisher has done before…
Beyond Golden State’s dominance and Lebron James and Stephen Curry’s MVP discussion… there stood at the free throw line with 0.9 of a second is DeMar DeRozan. He already set a franchise record by making 23 straight free throws, just a shot above Vince Carter’s 22. And one shot left… to be ahead of Dominique Wilkins’ NBA record for most free throw made in a single game and be forever part of NBA’s history. DeMar purposely missed his free throw, as the clock ends with a blink of an eye. Toronto sealed the victory, after the Portland Blazer led by Damian Lillard’s 50 point outing came out short of a 0.9 second miracle. This was a testament of DeMar’s character… team first before anything else… before the accolades and personal gains… basketball is still about winning.
Toronto has been balling really well lately, finishing second to Cleveland at 41-19. Thanks to DeMar’s committed offense in drawing much attention and finding open teammates for a three or a midrange jumper. He has been keener in operating a screen-and-roll in the team’s offense and has improved his chemistry with Kyle Lowry. When the opposite team’s best scorer is scoring at will, guess who’s guarding him on the next position? DeMar wants to do it all… from offense to defense. And when your leader does that, everyone is inspired and committed.
And with barely a second left in regular time, there was no hesitation. DeMar chose his team above anything else…
Everyone talked about Lebron James’ three assists short of a triple-double game last Friday or Stephen Curry’s impossible shots against OKC. But for one night, when we thought DeMar have done it all, he had done something more rare and better than anybody else.
There is still no “I” in basketball…
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