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Collison Drills Ridiculously Tough Buzzer-Beater

by Zettler Clay IV

Darren Collison takes the J.R. Smith’s buzzer-beater and one-ups it with one of his own against the Thunder on Thursday night:
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Collison finished with 32 points, so this was just his night (although the Mavs lost). This tied the game, so no Horry Scale consideration here. But best buzzer-beater of the year so far? No doubt.

Gettin’ Buckets In The Motor City

By Jeff Case

It’s been a while since we updated our “Hey man nice shot” category here in All Ball-land, but we think this one makes it worth it. Rookie Kyle Singler of the Pistons has become a solid contributor for Detroit, starting in his last six games and is averaging 11.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg and shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range in that role. That 3-point percentage is nothing to sneeze at as it puts him ahead of other well-known outside shooters such as Jason Terry, Mike Miller, Kobe Bryant and Jamal Crawford this season.

But just think how high his 3-point shooting could be if he were allowed to … oh, I don’t know … drop-kick the ball and bank it off the glass for a 3-pointer? OK, maybe that wouldn’t help his shooting percentage, but it would sure be cool to watch. Check out this great video from the fine folks over at Pistons.com as Mr. Singler takes to Detroit to punt, kick and bounce in some of the most creative shots we’ve ever seen.

Horry Scale: Jennings Takes Down Cavs

by Zettler Clay IV



Looks like Tony Parker has company.

In a back-and-forth affair in Milwaukee, point guard Brandon Jennings punctuated a perplexing night (13 assists, but 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting, four turnovers) by nailing a 3-pointer as the buzzer expired to lift the Bucks to 2-0. The game was extremely competitive for the last 28 minutes, with Monta Ellis and Mike Dunleavy Jr. filling up the scoring column for the Bucks until Jennings performed a coup de grace on the Cavs.

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 Kings-Pistons game?), and celebration, and gives it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, who is kind of the patron saint of last-second daggers.

How does Mr. Jennings’ shot Saturday night stack up? Let’s take a look. (more…)

Ricky Rubio Plays Connect Four The Way It Was Meant To Be Played, With Hoops

by Micah Hart

Is it just me, or does Ricky Rubio live the most fun-filled existence on the planet? I feel like every video or tweet I see about the guy seems like he’s doing something that sounds amazingly fun.

At first I was about to get all judge-y on what kind of TV show has a random puppet just chilling at the bottom of the screen, but then they broke out the Connect Four via basketball set up, and now I am frantically searching eBay to figure out how to gets mine. This would also make a way more enjoyable Price is Right game than the one where the dude yodels up the mountain.

H/T BDL

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Patty Mills, How Do You Rate On The Horry Scale?

by Micah Hart


Most mornings I wake up to the sound of an alarm clock, angry that my sleep has been interrupted and cursing myself for getting to bed so late, but not this morning. Today I awoke to the sound of a text message, an alert from my partner in crime Sekou Smith that while I was sawing logs, the one and only Patty Cakes, aka Australia’s Patrick Mills, had hit a game-winning buzzer-beater (scroll to about 1:36:30 to watch it all unfold) against Russia in Olympic play earlier today and it was time to wind up the Horry Scale machine. Ask Sekou, and you shall receive.

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.

How does Pat Stacks stack up? Let’s take a look.

Difficulty

This shot reminds me a lot of Kevin Love‘s “Are you not entertained?” game-winner over the Clippers from last season. The shot itself is fairly easy (a mostly straight-on 3-pointer), but the credit for that goes to the excellent screen set by Matthew Dellavadova that frees Mills for the open look. Russia gets two defenders over to try to harass, but it’s too late — the ball is out and the ballgame is over.

Game Situation

Russia leads Australia 80-79 thanks to Vitaliy Fridzon‘s free throws with 4.1 seconds left. There is some time to work with, but the Aussies trail so there is no margin for error if they want to pull out the win.

Importance

The game actually had little chance of affecting the positioning for either team in the knockout stage, as Australia clinched a quarterfinal bid with a win over Great Britain on Saturday and Russia was previously undefeated and through as well. In fact, either way the Aussies will most likely take on the U.S. in the quarters pending Team USA’s game against Argentina later on Monday, so this could be the last celebration the ‘Roos.

Celebration

This has been an excellent tournament for Mills, who re-signed with the Spurs earlier this summer, and set the tournament high with 39 points against GB. I love his reaction here. As the crowd erupts and his teammates race to mob him, Mills triumphantly walks down the court with one fist raised in the air.

Grade

4 Horrys. I got chastised by Horry himself during our NBA TV segment for judging these things too harshly, so I’ll take his advice on this one. The shot was well executed, the celebration was great, and Australia trailed at the time. Even though the stakes were low given that both teams had already qualified to move on, come on — it’s the Olympics. The importance of everything is elevated.

What do you think?

LeBron James Has A New ‘Unstoppable Move’

by Micah Hart

Add one new move to your offensive arsenal, that’s what every NBA superstar is supposed to do in the offseason if they want to stay ahead of the game.

LeBron James unveiled his newest weapon at Team USA practice yesterday, and ummm, yeah, good luck trying to defend this:



I don’t know if we’ll ever see LeBron pull this out in an actual game, but it’s nice to know that if and when he hangs ‘em up, he’s got a career with the Harlem Globetrotters waiting for him.

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A Trick Shot Video To Get You To Memorial Day

by Micah Hart

Memorial Day weekend is a great time for leisurely pursuits, like grilling out on the barbecue or throwing a frisbee in the park. Or you can work on your trick shot skills to compete with our latest entrant, Boston-area high school football player Nick DiChiara. The weapon of choice this time? The long snap. You don’t often see many long-snapping trick shot videos, but maybe this is just the video to tip the scales and get people interested:

DiChiara is heading to Colgate, where he is sure to shore up the Big Red’s punting unit come football season this fall.

H/T Sports Grid

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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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Michael Jordan Shows He’s Still Got It — On The Links

by Micah Hart

Michael Jordan may not be able to dazzle on the basketball court like he once did in his heyday, but that’s the beauty of golf. You can still pull off magic at the age of 49 the same way you did as a younger man:


Now about those Bobcats, MJ …

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Dude Perfect Takes To The Sky

by Micah Hart

For their 100th video, Dude Perfect took a ride in the Goodyear Blimp:

Very impressive, but I say again — I will not rest until I see a skydive shot!

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