NBA world reacts to Nuggets’ epic fast-break debacle on last play vs. Wizards
It came down to the wire between the Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards on Thursday night. The Nuggets had a final fast-break opportunity to possibly tie the game and send it to overtime. Instead, we witnessed a completely botched play that got the attention of many in the NBA world.
Denver had a three-on-one fast break with the clock running down, with a fourth player also trailing behind. Rather than anyone going toward the rim, every Nuggets player found a spot at the 3-point line. They gave up their advantage, Jamal Murray made a horrible pass that helped the defense get in position, and the shot wasn’t even close to going in.
The TNT crew had their own choice words for the Nuggets’ botched play:
"They were all wrong."
The Inside crew reacts to the end of the Nuggets-Wizards game. pic.twitter.com/XJwY0arfJM
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 26, 2021
Respected veterans Baron Davis and Jamal Crawford both offered their opinions on the questionable final play of the game:
This is terrible. Scared of overtime. https://t.co/omQdg2dB6o
— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) February 26, 2021
I blame analytics on this… https://t.co/QSnU1qDpAW
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) February 26, 2021
It was a sight to behold and a nightmare for the Nuggets. However, this is a perfect example of how different the league is these days in comparison to recent years. Back in the day, this would’ve been an easy game-tying dunk or layup, sending it to overtime. Most of the game was played in the paint, and the 3-point line was used as a supplement.
Now, shooting 3-pointers is mainly what the game is focused on, and so many players are conditioned to seek out open triples. It’s a strange sight to behold, as the league is substantially different than it was just 10 years ago.
Of course, one would think some common sense would take over in this situation given an easy layup ties the game. Plus, when it comes to the analytics, those say an easy layup is better than taking a 3-point shot.