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Towel boy has to dive out of way of Tyler Hansbrough on break (VIDEO)

Mar 11, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

To be fair to the ball boy, nobody expects Tyler Hansbrough to make a steal on the perimeter then race out on the fast break by himself.

The above happened Monday night late in a close game between Brooklyn and Toronto (with the win Brooklyn is now within three games of the Raptors for the Atlantic division lead, a gap it will not close as Toronto has a much easier schedule ahead). Tied at 90-90 with 3:15 left in the fourth Hansbrough strips Andray Blatche and it is off to the races.

A towel boy out dutifully wiping sweat up off the court is forced to scramble back to the sidelines to avoid getting trampled. He does so with a dramatic dive that almost takes out a referee.

Hansbrough misses the layup. The announcers try to say the ball boy’s distraction had something to do with it, but I think the bigger issue was we are talking Hansbrough — he is shooting 55.9 percent at the rim this season without ball boys in the way. There was a 44 percent chance he was going to miss.

Hat tip to The Brooklyn Game for the video.

  1. retxedfred - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    shooting 55.9 percent at the rim this season without ball boys in the way. – That’s a new stat for all you analytics junkies!

  2. dakotaandotter - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    that’s one funny clip!

  3. norcalkingsfan - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Psycho T is a large american; run towel boy, run.

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