Giannis Antetokounmpo thought he had secured himself his fourth triple-double of the season. In the dying moments of the 117-111 victory over the Washington Wizards, he dribbled to the basket and rebounded an deliberately missed shot to himself.
“I used to be enthusiastic about scoring the ball, however I really feel like in these conditions it is best to type of maintain the ball,” Antetokounmpo stated. “But yeah, I simply attempt to play the sport good and type of stole one.”
The NBA, nevertheless, rescinded his tenth rebound on Monday after an inner evaluation. Its reasoning got here from the league rule that states for a field-goal try and rely as official, the participant has to shoot “with intent to attain a field-goal”.
Antetokounmpo didn’t conceal his goal as he collected the ball from Wizards’ guard Corey Kispert with 11 seconds remaining. With the opposition defence letting him run, he opted to not rating however tossed the ball off the backboard to himself because the buzzer went off.
It appears that there have been no qualms to his apparent stat-padding on the time from both facet and the sport ended within the Bucks’ favour.
But the place on-site statisticians credited him with the missed shot that led to the all-important rebound, the league’s evaluation panel, which commonly makes adjustments to right errors or omissions, eliminated it on the identical day.
This isn’t the primary time its acted this fashion. In 2004, Atlanta Hawks guard Bob Sura was denied in related circumstances. Fans who can solid their minds additional again may recall a memorable second with Ricky Davis in 2003.
The Cleveland Cavaliers man had put up 26 factors, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds over the Utah Jazz, effectively conscious that he was one board away from his first profession triple-double. When Jumaine Jones inbounded the ball to him close to the basket, Davis had one factor on his thoughts. Instead of working down the clock, he lobbed a delicate flip off the backboard and picked up his shot.
The irony is that similar to Sura and Giannis, Davis was not credited with the rebound, and his last stats of the sport meant he fell quick.
Antetokounmpo did too. He formally completed with 23 factors, 13 assists and 9 rebounds. The stat adjustment dropped his rebound common from 11.94 per recreation to 11.92 – however his taking pictures share, with the missed “shot” additionally erased, improved from .538 to .539.