You have to feel bad for Roy Hibbert after last night’s loss to Milwaukee. With the score tied and Indiana seemingly in control on the game’s final possession, the Pacers ran a play in which he set a screen to free Danny Granger, who was then entrusted to either hit the game-winning shot or pass off to someone who could.
Danny did his job, dribbling his way into the paint, drawing a double team and then finding an open Hibbert on the elbow with about three ticks remaining. It looked as if we were about to see a near-replay of Rik Smits’ famous game-winner against the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of the 1995 Playoffs. Instead, we saw a near air-ball from Roy, who probably could have taken just a split second longer to gather himself before putting up the shot.
Given that he took the shot with such little time left, it should have been no big deal. The score was tied, remember, so a miss would just mean that the clock would expire as the ball ricocheted off the rim, and the teams would duke it out for five more minutes in overtime.
But the ball didn’t bounce. It grazed the rim and landed out of bounds, giving the Bucks 0.5 seconds to set up an amazing last-second play. All Roy did was miss a shot — plenty of people have done that. He just happened to miss it in the most unfortunate way possible, something that likely helped prompt a post-game tweet from the big fella saying “That is the tuffest loss of the my NBA career.”
It’s only December, so don’t worry, Roy. Just go get a W. No one’s going to be too mad at you.
Still, Roy’s inability to even come close to hitting the shot did remind Pacers Digest poster smj887 of this classic Jeff Foster game-losing shot. Jeff’s was worse since the Pacers were trailing, not tied (and it was just worse cause it was worse), but both will ultimately — in time — just be funny.
So in memory of the “Where Amazing Happens” treatment someone gave Jeff, here is a similar video for Roy.