Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis seals loss with Shaqtin’ a Fool moment on Trae Young free throw
The Atlanta Hawks sealed their victory on Sunday after a close battle with the Indiana Pacers. The Hawks had four players score 23 or more points, with Trae Young leading the way with 34 points, 11 assists, and five rebounds.
Although Young put on a great performance to help his team secure a win, he didn’t do it all by himself. Domantas Sabonis, the star forward for the Pacers, did his part in helping Atlanta win the game as well. During Young’s free throws, the Hawks superstar guard missed his second attempt, where Sabonis made a ghastly mistake.
Domantas Sabonis own goal!!!
(easiest 2 points of Solomon Hill’s career) pic.twitter.com/zIJoUZOmEv
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Sabonis reached up to grab the rebound. A maneuver he’s made hundreds of times throughout his career. Rather than securing the ball, the Pacers’ forward accidentally knocked the ball back into the hoop. For this reason, Sabonis’ mishap gave the Hawks an additional two points.
Just an absolute bonehead move that is sure to be made fun of on Shaquille O’Neal’s hilarious segment, “Shaqtin’ a Fool.” This is likely why coaches constantly tell their players to go up with two hands to squeeze the orange. Sabonis appears to have forgotten which team he’s playing for. Or maybe he just thought a teammate was shooting the free throws? Maybe he simply knocked it back in on accident. Either way, it’s a rare mistake we see in basketball, let alone in the NBA.
Domantas Sabonis will have a chance to redeem himself on Monday night, as the Pacers face off against the San Antonio Spurs.