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And so did Deron Williams.
Jason Kidd bought himself an extra timeout earlier this year by deliberately spilling his drink on the sidelines. With just 12 seconds remaining and no timeouts, Deron Williams couldn't find an open teammate as he tried to inbound the ball.
The Brooklyn Nets were up by a single point, and the pressure was on. Kidd had no timeouts to call and no soda to spill, meaning Williams had to make the best of a rapidly deteriorating situation. In the end, he made the worst of it, passing the ball into the backcourt where Patrick Patterson stole it and subsequently buried the go-ahead jumper with just six seconds remaining.
The Toronto Raptors had stolen the lead.
Compounding the problem, though, Williams never ran to the baseline to get the ball for a final surge up the court. Paul Pierce stood quizically over the ball, as if waiting for Williams to get himself in position to rush the rock into the frontcourt for a last-second heave.
After all, Williams is the team's point guard. Isn't he supposed to want the ball in that situation?
Instead, D-Will was nowhere to be found. Pierce eventually brought the ball up the floor and settled for a highly contested, impossible heave from about 30 feet. It had no chance. The Raps snatched a thrilling 104-103 victory.
Credit the Raptors for playing a heck of a game and fighting through some very curious foul calls in the second half. Kyle Lowry was a beast, leading his team with 31 points, and Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
But also heap a little blame on Williams, who made a critical error and seemed totally uninterested in trying to make up for it on the Nets' final possession.
If only Kidd could have gotten his hands on a drink...