Reliving Caron Butler’s Heroics Against the Pacers
Yep, us Wizards fans don’t have much to be happy about these days (wait, you are still a Wizards fan, right?). But even if you aren’t a Wizards fan, you can appreciate the below (except, of course, if you’re a Pacers fan).
I attended last Sunday’s match versus Indiana……the Caron Butler buzzer-beater game. I present, the pictures I took:
Oddly, given how hot Butler was, Indiana Coach Jim O’Brien elected to not double team Butler on the final play. Danny Granger, who tied the game at 117 with a clutch three-pointer on Indiana’s last possession, drew Butler and had a hand in his face but it didn’t matter.
Caron Butler said he doesn’t even know how he summoned the energy to torch the Pacers for 17 fourth-quarter points, including the Wizards’ last 15 and a game-winner.
How was Washington able to keep the game in check until Caron got cooking in the 4th? Give some credit to Antawn Jamison. He had 17 points in the 1st Quarter to keep things close while the Pacers ran up 37 in the first 12 minutes.
[Ball Don’t Lie]
The guy’s touch from the perimeter was ridiculous, he wasn’t just tossing up rain-grabbing chucks from 25 feet, rather, C-But was crossing over and pulling up and squaring his way toward a spot-on series of Jordan-esque line drives. Lots of “wow” in that final quarter. Butler hasn’t looked this good in a year.
“It was just real frustrating being at home sick, seeing the team going through what they went through the last two games,” Butler said. “I was just watching a lot of film, rewinding and rewinding, seeing how I could be more effective. I was kinda up in the air this game, but I really wanted to come out there and compete and help out as much as possible.”
Sunday’s game was illustrative of just how thin a margin interim coach Ed Tapscott and his coaching staff is working with.
Butler scored a season-high 35 points and Jamison added a season-high 34, yet the Wizards had to squeeze out a last-second home win over a Pacers team that is 13 games under .500.
One stop in those final five possessions likely would’ve earned the Pacers a win. But they couldn’t find a way to prevent one guy from scoring. Can’t really complain about the game-winner, because Granger was finally guarding him and made it a difficult shot.