In the past, accomplishing a triple-double was something that deserved to be celebrated, but as in real life there is a right and wrong way to go after this achievement. No player wants their triple double to be tainted in any way.
Unfortunately Nic Batum focus on getting that elusive triple double took precedence over his common sense.
At the end of this weekend’s Portland Trailblazer and San Antonio Spurs match up, Nic Batum put up a three-point shot (which went in) with 9.0 seconds left on the clock and his team leading by seven points. And it seems in the following photo, Tim Duncan was not amused.
The Big Fundamental didn’t comment after the game, but did shoot a “really” look questioning whether putting up the shot was necessary right after the shot went through the rim.
In fairness, the shot was a few steps past half court with a small likelihood of actually falling in. If Batum had sprinted the length of the court (a la Tyus Edney), that would have been a legitimate reason for some bad blood between the teams.
But in reality, this shot was a last second prayer that, depending on how you view it, fortunately or unfortunately hit the bottom of the net.
Even Spurs coach Greg Popovich showed no ill will, he went on to call him a “good kid."
So Spurs’ fans, do you think this last second shot will something that the Spurs will dwell or will it be water under the bridge?
(h/t Next Impulse Sports)