Video: Hornets tip the ball to the hoop off Thunder center Steven Adams’ miss
As seen in the tweet by Dime, a missed shot by the Adams translated into points off a botched rebound attempt by the Hornets.
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 24, 2018
Marvin Williams fought for the ball with his own teammate Nicolas Batum and the result was awful. He tipped it the other side and allowed the Thunder to add two more points to their score.
The play was reminiscent of the one made by Rasheed Wallace way back on April 2010 in a game against the Chicago Bulls. Wallace, who was then playing for the Boston Celtics, grabbed a missed jumper by Joakim Noah. But instead of pulling in the board, he lost its grip of it and the ball went into their own basket.
They went on to lose that game 101-93, with two of their opponent’s points coming from his own hands.
The defense’s main goal is the protect the basket, create a disadvantage, and prevent the opposing team from scoring. With team scoring in the NBA reaching sky high this season, mistakes like this could be costly.
The Hornets are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference — as of this writing. They possess a 9-8 record and has won six of their last 10 games.
They are currently looking to make a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Their last two campaigns were forgettable as they failed to make the playoffs in both seasons.