by Micah Hart
So far this season, it seems like GWBBs come in fits and starts. There won’t be one for weeks at a time, then there will be two or three in a matter of days. Thursday night it was Arron Afflalo’s turn in the spotlight. Saturday night, it was Stephen Jackson who added his name to the growing list of players who are finding themselves Horry Scale worthy this season.
Once again, the Horry scale examines a shot in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Clippers-Nets game), and celebration, and give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys.
How did Cap’n Jack do? Let’s take a look:
Man — that was a tough shot. With the Hawks’ Maurice Evans draped all over him and Al Horford closing in as well, Jackson takes one dribble to his right and hits the fadeaway from just inside the three-point line. Jackson had plenty of time to set up what he wanted to do, and chose arguably the most difficult option short of bouncing it off of Evans’ head, but kudos to the man for sticking it.
The Hawks and Bobcats were tied at 86-86 before Jackson’s buzzer-beater, so there was no penalty for a miss.
Charlotte is in a battle for their playoff lives. The Pacers and Sixers, who currently occupy the 7th and 8th seeds in the East, are both playing arguably their best basketball of the season. If the Bobcats somehow pass one of those teams to make the postseason, they’ll certainly look back on a game where they overcame a 22-point deficit on the road as one of the big victories that paved the way. As an added bonus, the win snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Hawks, and erased the stain of a home loss to the Nets the previous night. All in all, a pretty important win.
You’re never going to see a huge celebration on the road (though Atlanta isn’t necessarily known as a hostile environment), but the Bobcats players are certainly pleased with this outcome. However, I’m going to penalize them half-an-Horry for Eduardo Najera jumping up on the scorer’s table. Eddie, you didn’t make the shot. Table jumping is reserved for the hero, not the sidekick.
3 Horrys. A high-degree of difficulty play, but the tie-game situation and the Najera penalty means this one can’t go above three.
What do you think?