The Pistons aren’t the best third-quarter team. In fact, they’re the worst.
But when they opened the third quarter against the Bobcats with an 11-2 run, I figured this would be their night.
By the time Stephen Jackson made one of the most ridiculous 3-pointer I’ve ever seen, that hope had been dashed.*
In the third quarter, the Bobcats kicked the ball to Jackson, who stood open on the right wing. Sometimes, when a player is that open, he over-thinks and misses his shot. Frankly, I have no idea whether Jackson did that. He held the ball so long, he could have worked himself out of a rhythm and back into it. Twice. It’s not like the Pistons were slow closing out. Not a single Detroit player took a step toward Jackson.
I have literally never seen a player with the ball remain open for so long without a defender moving toward him.
John Kuester immediately called a timeout, no doubt disgusted with his team. The players on the court cared at least enough to look befuddled and disappointed as they slowly walked to the bench.
The Pistons lead didn’t last long, and the Bobcats eventually won, 97-87. Detroit’s overall effort was better than it was when defending Jackson’s 3-pointer. But not nearly good enough.
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