Last night the Detroit Pistons outlasted the Toronto Raptors (without their best player Kawhi Leonard) in an over time comeback victory to put the Pistons at the .500 mark for the first time since the day after Christmas.
Late in OT with the Pistons down by 5 and under two minutes to play, MVP candidate Blake Griffin made this circus shot as he was fouled.
The basket didn’t count but the shot seemed to give the Pistons the momentum they needed as they outscored the Raptors 10-0 from that point forward.
The real travesty yesterday was that the basket didn’t count. The shot was played over and over and over again on the Twitterverse and SportsCenter and was widely regarded as one of the best plays of the weekend. So why didn’t it count? Because basketball is dumb. That’s why. You can’t shoot over the backboard? Now that’s just dumb. Like really, really dumb. For real.
The ball never touched out-of-bounds. Blake never touched out-of-bounds. The ball never touched the back of the backboard which would be out-of-bounds. The ball glided through the air and hit Nothing. But. Net. There is absolutely ZERO reason that shouldn’t count as a bucket.
In the end, it didn’t matter because Blake was Blake and put the team on his shoulders with 42 mins, 27 points and 7 rebounds. The Pistons are making their late season push for home-court advantageous the first round of the playoffs and I’m here for it.