Martell Webster Video: Watch Webster's Stupidity Cost T-Wolves a Potential Win

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2012

Martell Webster had his highlight-reel moment as an NBA player on Monday night, but it ended up being a boneheaded move that cost the Minnesota Timberwolves a chance to defeat Denver.

With his team trailing 102-99 with just under five seconds left in overtime, Webster stole the inbound pass and drove to the basket for a picture-perfect slam dunk. 

Congratulations, Webster. You will get your picture on SportsCenter.

The problem, as noted before, is the Timberwolves were down by three points. Unless Webster thought he was in some pseudo-universe where a nice jam gets you three points, it really did the team no good for him to steal the pass.

In fact, Webster should have just grabbed the pass and stood there for 4.9 seconds, because that is basically what he did by forgetting his team was trailing by three. 

This is not an insignificant loss for the Timberwolves either. They entered the game with a chance to move a game over .500 in the Western Conference. A loss by the Nuggets would have dropped their record to 17-16.

With so many teams bunched together for those final playoff spots, one game can change everything. Now, the Timberwolves are 16-17 and the Nuggets sit two games ahead of them in the standings.

We don't know what would have happened had Webster attempted a three-point shot. Maybe he does miss it and the Timberwolves lose the game anyway.

But wouldn't it be nice if we actually knew what Webster could have done if he tried to hit a shot from downtown?

Maybe he hits the shot and the Timberwolves go on to win the game in double overtime, and they carry that momentum wave all the way to the postseason, where they shock the world to win an NBA championship.

That is probably a little overdramatic, but we will never know.