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Taj Gibson layup beats Lakers in overtime (VIDEO)

Jan 20, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

If the other team is taking the ball out of bounds and has less than a second to get off a shot at the end of the shot clock — or, let’s say, at the end of the game — the one thing you don’t want to give up is a pass to a guy cutting to the rim. Make them shoot a tough jumper. Every once in a while someone goes Derek Fisher with 0.4 seconds left, but in general that’s a low percentage shot.

The Lakers gave up a high percentage one with 0.9 seconds left in a tied overtime game with the Bulls.

Chicago lined four guys up at the free throw line and basically ran all of them at various angles down to the baseline, occupying a man — just acquired Manny Harris was in for the Lakers and started that play on the high side of that line of Bulls (expecting someone to pop out high, I guess) and when Taj Gibson went to the hole Harris was sealed on the wrong side. Pau Gasol tried to help but Gibson hit the shot and the Bulls get a nice win at home.

Gibson finished with 12 points, D.J. Augustin came off the bench and had 27 to lead the Bulls.

  1. lakerade - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Ooph, tough ending, but they were hemorrhaging ping pong balls with that two game winning streak anyway. Go Lakers!

  2. 00maltliquor - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Way to play defense Manny. Yeah, guard your guy from behind with him facing the rim on an inbound play. Real genius right there. Eff man Middle School rec league kids know better then that, how’d this guy ever make it to the NBA? Either that or this is the genius of Mike ‘Antoni, earnin’ his multi-million dollar paycheck.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    And Pau, I know that wasn’t your man but jeezchrist how’d you not see that play coming from a mile away, you got to read and react better then that late, half-hearted attempt at D. And you’ve been doing this all year, put on your big boy pants. And you wonder why we call you soft.

    I’m hot as the sun right now, uuuggh!

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:31 AM

      That must be a California sun, because that’s one of the few hot suns right now.

  4. asublimeday - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Love the attitude of this bulls team without captain recovery. Would love to see them go all the way while he over-rehabs another injury.

  5. rickyspanish - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    asublimeday

    Are you done with Rose at this point? No sarcasm, just curious.

    • pudgalvin - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:57 AM

      Bulls fans have no choice but to stick with Rose. I’m not in the camp that’s turned on him, but if you don’t hold out hope for Rose, what are you hoping is going to happen? The Bulls have a chance to reload this offseason, and if Rose can stay healthy, this team might be better off than they were two years ago. Lots of ifs and buts, but the Bulls are bound to have something go right for them at some point.

  6. asublimeday - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    In response to Ricky and Pud:

    Rose’s ceiling has now become a strong #2 on a team with an established star. Speed/slash/scoring guards with back-to-back severe knee injuries don’t bounce back and win MVP the next season. That fantasy land does not exist.

    I’m not “done” with him in the way that I hate him or want him to fail, but unlike most Bulls fans who think of him as a tragedy and crazily believe he can still be close to GOAT, I’m realistic.

    My problem with him is that he could’ve come back earlier and really helped the team last year, and he can do the same later on this year. He did and will again choose not to. Those are not Chicago values, and you will not endear yourself to a blue-collar, Midwestern city by making purely me-based decisions.

    He will either:

    1 Suffer another severe injury and go the way of Oden
    2 Defy the odds and stay healthy, make a miraculous 100% recovery, and become even better than he was
    3 Come back as a shadow of his former self but still be a strong 2 option. Whether or not he does this in Chicago will be purely ego-based; I can’t imagine it’d be easy for his personality-type giving way to another star in a market you once dominated.

    One way or another, I enjoy watching Noah and Butler ball more than I enjoy the constant “Derek Rose has Diarrhea after Chipotle” updates.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Diarrhea? Next time he’s in NYC he can borrow some rubber undies from the Knicks.

  7. aboogy123456 - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    That was an embarrassing way to lose, but it’s a great time to be a lakers fan. Last year, most people said Dwight should leave because they are too old and it will be years before they will be good again. This year with guys like Henry, marshall, wes johnson, swaggy p, and most recently Ryan kelly getting experience, lakers have a really solid group of young role players. They have a great shot to get an elite free agent with their cap space, and with their record they also have a great shot to get a top 6 pick, which could be Marcus Smart or even someone better.

  8. dinofrank60 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    We are talking about a defensively challenged Mike D’Antoni team, aren’t we?

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