One of my favorite basketball sayings comes via the always excellent Stan Van Gundy who said to write the story with the ball in the air. I heard that used for the first time by Tas Melas on a Basketball Jones episode recently and it made total sense to me. Too much sense.
And if you were doing that in Oklahoma City Saturday night, your story would’ve looked like this: Kevin Durant didn’t shoot well at all; the Thunder’s defense was absolutely awful; OKC’s offense was elementary against a poor defensive team; and really, the Thunder didn’t deserve to have a chance to win.
Except KD sunk a beautiful fade-away 3 and we all went home happy. Just like that Durant had a wonderful game, the sins of the first half were forgotten and the Thunder had just won a great game. Again, I love that quote.
But here’s the thing: Even the Thunder’s game-winning play kind of stunk. They didn’t execute properly and what OKC wound up with was a near impossible shot from 3-point range at the buzzer. So if you’re writing the story with the ball in the air, you’re probably saying something about how poor a shot the Thunder got at the end of regulation.
Regardless, it went down and it was a great player making a great player. But for fun, let’s break this baby down. Keep Reading…