LaMarcus Aldridge, How Do You Rate On The Horry Scale

by Micah Hart



Looks like we missed one of these during the regular season when we were on vacation, but can’t let the playoffs get too far gone without acknowledging LaMarcus Aldridge‘s handiwork before his season-ending hip injury.

For those that are new around these parts, the Horry scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) 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.

The Blazers had a tough season, losing many, many players to injury, but at least we know one night ended happily. What’d Horry have to say?

Difficulty

Medium-difficulty shot. Aldridge gets the ball pretty far out on the perimeter with his back to the basket. He gets a nice little shoulder into Brendan Haywood as he makes his move towards the paint, creating some space for a step-back jumper. LA is one of the sweetest shooting big men in the game, so I’m not surprised he cans this one. I know you got bumped a little there Brendan, but a little more effort there on the contest might have been nice.

Game Situation

Tied 97-97 in overtime, the Blazers have just 3.7 seconds left to make something happen. Just enough time to get the ball to Aldridge and let him go to work.

Importance

This game was played on April 6, at which point the Blazers were still very much alive for the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff race. So yeah, a pretty important win. Unfortunately Aldridge would be lost for the season just a few days later, and Portland would be lottery bound.

Celebration

Portland is an awesome place to hit a game-winner. And though the Blazers were away from the friendly confines of the Rose Garden, they still get a nice huddle going on the Mavericks’ homecourt. A tip of the cap to the sportsmanship of Nic Batum, who ended up smack-dab in the middle of the Mavs’ bench when the shot dropped, but refrained from preening as some might have.

Grade

2 Horrys. A tie game, a somewhat easy shot (though LA’s smoothness deserves a lot of credit for making it look so) makes this one a little on the pedestrian side. I’ll give it 2 though for the potential playoff implications at the time and for doing it to the (since departed) defending champs on their home court.

What do you think?

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4 Comments

  1. NAJ'o says:

    Why are these not called the Kobe’s? He’s had more clutch game winners than ANYone in NBA history.

    • Jake says:

      …And he’s probably missed more than anybody in history too. He isn’t nearly as consistent with it as people give him credit for. I see him miss a lot more game winners than he makes these days.

  2. Jake says:

    Writers on NBA.com, and the NBA in general will never give Aldridge his just due. He’s better than Griffin, just cuz Griffin is a better rebounder doesn’t mean anything when Aldridge’s offensive game is so much more polished. But hey that’s the NBA for you, give all the credit to the guy who can do the showtime dunks on the big market team and not the guy equally as good who doesn’t do them as much who plays for a small market team.

  3. Jadaï says:

    This one deserves much more than 2 stars… I love the way Nicolas Batum (one of the greatest players to have on a basketball team) just knows the shot is good.