Martell Webster's bonehead play seals Timberwolves loss [VIDEO]
|Needing a 3-pointer, Webster opted for a meaningless dunk. Doh!|
Last night in Denver, the Timberwolves found themselves trailing the Nuggets 102-99 with just 4.9 seconds left in overtime. Denver was inbounding the ball on their end of the floor, meaning that stealing the inbound pass and racing down the floor for a game-tying 3-pointer was the Wolves' only realistic shot at extending the game.
Miraculously, Ricky Rubio's pressure D resulted in Nuggets rookie Julyan Stone throwing to ball right to Webster. He raced down the floor with the ball, hesitated for a moment at the 3-point line... then inexplicably kept dribbling toward the hoop and threw down a meaningless dunk, sealing a Timberwolves loss.
Here's the video:
Martell's boneheadedness didn't escape the notice of ESPN's Bill Simmons, who offered up the following tweet in response to the logic-defying play:
Martell, who by all indications is a thoughtful guy and class act off the floor, made no excuses for his poor decision. He also took to Twitter after the game and offered up the following:
Wow, Martell Webster just made the dumbest play of the season. It was awesome. I don't know why coaches even have timeouts.-- Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33) February 21, 2012
All your "opinions" are appreciated? You mean like "what were you thinking you idiot?!"
To everyone out there I feel your pain. I will learn from this. All of your thoughts and opinions are appreciated!!! All I can do is move on-- Martell Webster (@MartellWebster) February 21, 2012
Actually, somewhat surprisingly, replies to Martell's tweet from fans were almost universally of the "keep your head up, it's alright" variety. Maybe Timberwolves Nation is just really Minnesota nice.