Duda Machado Of The Brazilian League Hit One Of The Cockiest Game-Winning 3's These Eyes Have Ever Seen In A Playoff Game
There's a lot that could be discussed here. The perfect placement of the intentional miss. The reading and reacting of the shooter. The rebounding prowess, or lack thereof, of the opponent. The fact it all took place in a postseason game that had very real ramifications. That was anything but your average game-winner, so surely there is a lot of aspects of it that could dissected.
That said, there's only one thing that I keep coming back to and that's the fact that, with the clock running down, this loose ball had no business turning into a long ball...
I'm not exactly a coach or anything, but I would presume that someone who was might tell their players to utilize the unguarded lane to the basket while down two points with 5 seconds remaining in a game that previously appeared destined to tie a postseason series. You know, as opposed to turning their back on said basket, sprinting away from it to the three-point line, and rushing a fall-away shot like they were in a high stakes game of Knockout. I know the basketball has become increasingly reliant on shooting from range, but this seems a hell of a lot more like a Happy Gilmore-esque "nah, I'll just beat 'em now" type decision than a highly calculated attempt at maintaining offensive efficiency.
So credit to Duda Machado for dragging his huge balls all the way out for an absolute dragger of a corner three, for what it lacked in cautiousness it more than made up for in cockiness.