Missed the cut: Ed Davis, Raptors; Wayne Ellington, Timberwolves; Brendan Haywood, Mavericks; Antawn Jamison, Cavaliers (injured); Brandan Wright, Nets
Team synopsis: With Jamison hurt, Hansbrough rides his recent hot streak into the starting lineup for the Tar Heels, which is a good thing for UNC because this team lacks an inside presence otherwise. Lawson and Felton take turns at the point in Denver, but share the backcourt here. Vinsanity may not be the force of nature he once was, but North Carolina will still need him to be the go-to scorer on this team.
Honestly, do I even need to break out the scale for this one? If Tyreke Evans‘ game-winner doesn’t rate a five, then what on earth ever will?
Still, for thoroughness, let’s break it down.
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.
Difficulty: Ummm, yeah. I guess it could have been harder. He could have closed his eyes. He could have had to recite The Charge of the Light Brigade before letting it fly. He could have been, oh, 55 feet from the basket rather than 50. But I’d say any shot from beyond midcourt should satisfy any toughness quotient. For the record, he also double-clutched. Criminy.
Game Situation: The Kings got the ball with no timeouts left after O.J. Mayo hit a jumper with 1.5 seconds left to give Memphis a 98-97 lead. By the way, am I the only one who thinks Mayo traveled like a railway hobo? Thank goodness they didn’t call it, or we’d never have gotten to enjoy this one.
Importance: Sacramento is in a mess of trouble right now. Poor play, questions about team management’s future, questions about the team’s viability in Sacramento … yeah, I’d say the Kings could use a night like this, regardless of its overall impact on the standings (or lack thereof).
Celebration: O.M.G. Watch Donte Greene‘s reaction on the Sacramento bench — he gets in a couple hops before the shot even went in! It’s like he has ESPN or something. Evans immediately hops onto the scorer’s table to take a much-deserved bow to the home crowd. What an ending.
5 Horrys. NBA, consider the bar officially raised for the rest of the season. You are going to have to really step up your game if you want to top this one. I’m talking Guilford College-level amazing if you want to beat it. An unbelievable ending, and a terrific night for the Kings in the midst of what has otherwise been a maddening and frustrating season.
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