Nicolas Batum recorded the first triple-double of the NBA season on Saturday, finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the Blazers’ win over the Spurs. The problem, at least in Batum’s eyes, was the way in which he ultimately achieved this statistical feat. The game’s outcome had firmly been decided, with Portland leading by seven points and in possession of the ball with just four seconds remaining. Instead of dribbling out the clock, Batum impulsively launched a long three-pointer that fell through the net as the final buzzer sounded. But there was no celebration, no running around, and barely even a smile. Batum immediately regretted his decision, and while his teammates celebrated around him in the postgame locker room, he was clearly disappointed in himself for taking that final shot.
Batum apologetic after getting triple-double by launching last-second shot
Pro Basketball Talk | Nov 3