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Russell Westbrook drains a shot from near half court against Pelicans (VIDEO)

Dec 6, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

Anytime a player on either team hits a shot from a distance that borders on the absurd, the announcers on the telecast seemingly can’t wait to break out the local references in describing just how far away the attempt actually was.

In this case, we had Russell Westbrook hitting a shot from near halfcourt to beat the 24-second clock in the second quarter of Friday night’s game in New Orleans against the Pelicans, and the broadcast crew immediately started dropping references to local points of interest to play up the fact that Westbrook may have hit a shot from outside of his (or anyone’s) normal shooting range.

[via Royce Young]

  1. snipedanglecelly13 - Dec 7, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    “from the other side of the Mississippi River” lol

  2. maddnola - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    This game and really the last 2 games have been maddening to watch. If the pelicans had Anthony Davis back on the floor this game is much more competitive and we possibly win.

    Please let the brow get healthy!!!

  3. nomad57 - Dec 7, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    I hope that’s the Thunders broadcast team, because Kenner is on the east side of the Mississippi; just like most of New Orleans, including the arena.

    • davidly - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:54 AM

      It’s a shame… he coulda said “Timberlane”.

      Better yet, something like:
      “Westbrook launches it from the Nature Center at Tickfaw State Park on the other side of Lake Pontchartrain! Though, obviously he didn’t have time to take in the introductory video or participate in the interactive learning exhibits… or stop at the aquarium, for that matter. That’s neither here nor there, though, as we’re outside the opening hours anyway, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. That’d be daily.

      “Still… you gotta see that crawfish, Russell. Some people call them mud-bugs. Here in Louisiana they eat ‘em. David Stern–extend that shot clock! We got a snake exhibit to gander! Three points for the Thunder!”

      But it wouldn’t sound right coming from a foreigner.

      • raidmagic - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:53 PM

        Nice!

    • mytthor - Dec 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Pretty sure it’s still a difficult shot.

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