The Portland Trail Blazers beat the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday evening, and Nicolas Batum recorded the first triple-double of the 2013-14 season. However, the way in which he did it was slightly unsportsmanlike.
With the time winding down and the Blazers having won the game, all Batum needed to do was dribble the ball out, shake everyone’s hand and walk off. Instead, two points short of a triple-double, Batum opted to launch a three-pointer at the buzzer, which he hit.
The terrific picture below shows Tim Duncan’s reaction to Batum’s decision.
— Bruce Ely (@bruceely) November 3, 2013
After the game, Batum admitted that it was wrong of him to shoot the ball, and as soon as it went it he realized that he had made a mistake. He said that it was the worst thing he has done in his basketball career and that he apologized to the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs are a veteran team with a thick skin, so they didn’t seem to mind Batum hunting his triple-double. Tony Parker laughed it off and Gregg Popovich had the following to say after the game:
Popovich, on Batum's perhaps ill-advised buzzer-beater: "Why would I be mad at that? He's a good kid. I don't care."
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) November 3, 2013