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Kevin Durant realized Rick Carlisle was open

Jan 7, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

Kevin Durant, Richard Jefferson

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the video of the odd ending of the Thunder win over the Mavericks last night.

The Thunder were up 7 with 10 seconds left, Dallas was done fouling and usually somebody just dribbles out the clock. But then Kevin Durant realized that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was open — so he hands him the ball.

Which was technically a turnover, and Dallas got the ball. Not Carlisle, but his players. Just watch and see.

  1. thestudiokida - Jan 7, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    KD says he was joking around but I doubt that he expected to give Dallas another shot; a shot they made. Did Rick Carlisle see what fellow coach Scott Skiles did against the Heat the other night and decide to play some defense of his own?

    While I’m on the subject, WTF was Scott Skiles thinking when he bumped Arroyo during a play? And why was he called for a foul and not a technical foul? The tech would have been his second and sent him to the locker room. Rather than an ejection, Skiles was given a non-player team foul or something…. possibly a first in the NBA.

  2. steelyres211 - Jan 7, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    KD didn’t really give him the ball, he held the ball up like he was going to hand it to him, and Carlisle actually took it away from KD.

  3. zackd2 - Jan 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Can’t a call turnover after the coach goes on the floor and basically hugs the dude. Swallow the whistle, the last 2 minutes of a game already takes 30 minutes.

  4. dolphinatic - Jan 7, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Funny by reading the headline you would think Carlisle wasn’t on the floor or taking the ball out of his hands…… maybe you should watch the tape before writing a article about it Kurt.

  5. dolphinatic - Jan 8, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    NBA officiating…worst in all of sports. phantom calls, superstar calls, David stern calls, bookie calls. Get a rope.

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