Let’s skip the pleasantries. Last night, Luka Doncic saved the Dallas Mavericks from a bad loss with one of the most insane buzzer-beaters you’ll ever see. If you care enough to read what I’m writing right now, then you’ve probably seen the play I’m referring to. But just in case you haven’t, here it is:
Every part of what transpired is crazy. But the craziest part isn’t that the Mavs stole a win. The craziest part isn’t that Luka Doncic made another game-winning shot. The craziest part isn’t that the weird 24-foot floater went in. The craziest part is that all along, I thought it was going in. It felt like it was going in.
Throughout all of the jumble that was the last 1.8 seconds of last night’s game, the one thing that felt like a certainty was that the ball was going through the basket. Yes — even when the situation looked like this:
How many other guys in the world can you say that about? How many guys can make a basketball play that resembles the one shown above, and leave fans feeling utterly confident that the ball will find the bottom of the basket? I’ve been thinking, and the list stops with Luka.
If LeBron James, arguably the best player of all time, flips up that shot, I’m not feeling good if I’m a Lakers fan. If Kevin Durant, arguably the most talented offensive player of all time, flips up that 24-foot floater, I’m not feeling good if I’m a Nets fan. If Steph Curry, inarguably the greatest shooter of all time stumbles into that shot, I’m not feeling great as a Warriors fan. The only other guy that I could maybe see is Nikola Jokic. He as a Luka-ish way to make the ugliest shots go in. But I still have far more confidence in Luka making that floater than The Joker.
I’m not here to say much else other than having confidence as a Mavs fan that Luka will somehow pull through on a 3-point floater for the win is a really special feeling. I feel bad for NBA fans that don’t feel that. It’s quite enjoyable.