By now, you know LeBron was the story of Game 3 between the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers last night…

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But, what’s kind of bothering me is that NO-ONE is talking about two of the biggest crunch-time gaffes i have EVER seen in the playoffs — both courtesy of Atlanta’s Mike Scott.

Here’s the first:

Sorry to be repetitive here, but, what you just watched is borderline blasphemy. Mike Scott, with his team up by a single point, 20 seconds left on the game clock, 16 seconds on the shot clock … SHOOTS THE BALL. Unless you have a WIDE-OPEN uncontested layup, YOU DO NOT SHOOT THE BALL IN THIS SITUATION. EVER. Force Cavs Head Coach David Blatt to call for a foul (which he probably would have once the transition play slowed down), or, simply dribble the clock down to 5 seconds — and fire up a shot, if Cleveland elected to let things play out. Even if the “dribble around for 23 seconds then launch a tough jumper” doesn’t go in, YOU CAN GET A REBOUND and all but end the game if you play your cards right. Instead: Mike Scott tried to convert a contested layup over Tristan Thompson, he got rejected, and the Hawks subsequently fouled Iman Shumpert on the rebound — allowing him to go to the free throw line, tie the game, and force overtime… If not for Mike Scott, the BEST case scenario for Cleveland would have been to either foul early, hope the Hawks miss some free throws, and either attempt a 3 and/or try and get a quick two at the other end and play ‘the free throw game’ — at the very least, extending the # of possessions left in regulation. Long story short: If Mike Scott doesn’t shoot that ball, the Hawks don’t foul Iman Shumpert, and there probably is no overtime…

Ok, fine, we all make mistakes/nobody’s perfect. I get it. But, for Mike Scott to drastically mess up again — is absolutely inexcusable.

What you just watched is one of the final shots of overtime, when the Hawks were down by a possession — and Jeff Teague goes to the rim in attempt to tie the game. He misses the layup, and DeMarre Carroll tips the ball astray while attempting to retrieve the rebound.

LOOK WHO IS STANDING IN THE CORNER AND LITERALLY STARES AT THE BALL SIX INCHES IN FRONT OF HIS FACE AS IT GOES OUT-OF-BOUNDS: MIKE SCOTT.

Bro, WHAT ARE YOU DOING. The only and ONLY way you let a ball go OB is if you know ONE HUNDRED PERCENT that it is off the opposition. Even if you knew it was off them, why would you let the ball go out and then you have to inbound from the corner? It is the most difficult location on the entire court to safely regain possession, so, even if Scott was right assuming it was off Cleveland — he would have put his team in an awfully-difficult hole to dig out of….

I very rarely blame a team sport’s success/defeat on a single player, but, good lord almighty: we haven’t seen a player mess up this bad and/or show such a deficiency of basketball IQ, on this big of a stage, in a LONG time.

The moral of the story is: don’t ever trust anyone with emoji tattoos.

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