Marc Gasol Made Two Ridiculous Shots That Didn't Count Last Night

Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterMay 22, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 15:  Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates a basket in the final minutes of play against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 15, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 88-84 to win the series 4-1 and advance to the Western Conference Finals.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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They should have counted as five points apiece, but officials cut them down in their prime.

To put it simply, Marc Gasol had himself an interesting game last night.

The Memphis Grizzlies center played strong defense, packaged up a turnaround jumper by Tim Duncan and generally brought the ruckus you’d expect from the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in spite of a losing effort against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the 2013 Western Conference Finals. 

What has been glossed over in the overtime blitz and the “We did it!” hubbub was the multiple circus shots he had last night. They must be catalogued and brought into the light, if only for posterity’s sake.  

Gasol threw up a shot that nobody saw coming—a behind-the-back looper typically reserved for schoolyard games and Globetrotter exhibitions—and they didn’t even count it.

No big whoop, right? Wrong. It usually wouldn’t be a big deal, but Gasol kept hitting these wildly improbable shots.

What is going on here? This isn’t Gasol’s thing. His job description reads “Bulldozing the block” and “bear-bearding.”

Nowhere in the book on Gasol is there a mention that he was a former employee of the Ringling Brothers and/or a H.O.R.S.E. lord. 

At this rate, he might drain some kind of weird no-look sky hook through contact. What? He's done that before?

He's done that before. 

Wait, that one didn’t count either? Oh, c’mon!