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Charlie Villanueva hits the game-winning three to send Pistons past Bucks (VIDEO)

Feb 9, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

Charlie Villanueva hit this three-pointer as the shot clock expired with about 10 seconds remaining that ended up being the game-winner in the Pistons 105-100 win over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday.

Villanueva was in the right place at the right time, planted at the top of the three-point arc and available when Will Bynum swung the pass to him with time running out. Big shot from Charlie V there, etc.

But can we talk about the shot from Brandon Jennings that followed?

The Bucks had plenty of time left to still get a decent look at a game-tying three, but Jennings launched the ball towards the rim just after he crossed halfcourt, and with almost four seconds still remaining on the game clock when he made the decision to do so.

Now obviously, Jennings believed that the Pistons were going to foul to prevent the three-point attempt which could have tied the game, and also believed that he had received enough contact from Bynum for the officials to blow the whistle.

That’s the only possible explanation for his chucking the ball toward the rim from such an improbable distance with precious seconds still remaining, but that shot shouldn’t have gone up — especially in an end of game situation — unless the whistle had actually been blown by a referee first.

This isn’t to say that Jennings’ poor decision was the reason his team lost the game. But certainly, a better and more reasonable shot attempt could have been manufactured with that much time left on the game clock, and with the Bucks holding possession.

  1. saint1997 - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Imagine a team with Jennings, Evans, Beasley, Cousins and McGee starting 5. Guys who have extraordinary talent but keeping doing stupid stuff to throw it in jeopardy

  2. moseskkim - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Nah I’m not gonna add jennings in there sorry. Not for one play or plays. He’s playing great and just cuz u needed a pg on ur imaginary team doesn’t mean u should lower him to that level. Heck Evans doesn’t belong there either.

  3. jag8r904 - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Former Buck, Charlie Villanueva.

  4. mgscott - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Bosh starting over Kyrie is a punk move by coach Spo and Pat Riley.

    • paintman34 - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      How? Bosh is a 7 time all star thats sacrificed as much as anyone in the NBA and is arguably the most important player on a championship contender and your going to start a 2nd yr player on one of the worst teams in the league over him? Please.

      • moseskkim - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:57 AM

        Stop with this bosh most important player. Absolutely baseless. Lebron is the most valuable, talented, important, player. How do u even argue that? Bosh is a good player but he’s not so talented that he is more important than Lebron. Call him x-factor? Fine. Call him a dark horse? Ok. Call him most important? No. He was that in Toronto.

      • dko83 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:21 AM

        Important players do things like… rebound.

      • raidmagic - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        What? “Arguably the most important player on a championship contender” seriously? I can name 10 power forwards that would help that team more than Bosh does and that would contribute more. Bosh is living on his past accolades of being the best player on a weak team. when surrounded my talent he’s nothing more than just another player.

      • paintman34 - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Did none of you watch the Pacers series? and go check his numbers before he came to the heat Top 3 PF

  5. qpoiu1 - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Nice shot by Uncle Fester!

  6. reasonablemindsays - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    One of the great stories in the NBA. Here you have a 28 year old basketball player in the prime of his life, playing for the pistons, when he finds out that hes been diagnosed with cancer. cant believe hes out there making game winning 3 bombs as he undergoes chemotherapy. god bless his strong heart.

    • lucifershuttlesworth - Feb 10, 2013 at 4:13 AM

      Unlike you sir, cancer is no joke.

    • dko83 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:22 AM

      Tasteless. Go away.

    • reasonablemindsays - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      I probably donate more to cancer research than what you guys make as a yearly salary. Learn to appreciate humor, albeit dark humor.

      • dko83 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Ok kid. On the internet I donate 2 billion to cancer research a year and can say anything I want even if I label it “dark humor.” stfu Mr. Inferiority complex and make more cancer jokes.

  7. mgscott - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Rondo goes down so they are going to start a power forward ? Come on, use your head. This is only pat riley hating. The heat could care less about the regular season but then they are gonna run the big 3 out for a pickup game / all star game. Yet again another reason why the NBA is closing in on becoming the WWF.

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