Troy Daniels game-winning 3 vs. Blazers

Troy… Who?!

Troy Daniels, rookie guard, went to school for Shaka Smart at VCU, played a mere… 5 games and 75 minutes all season. That Troy Daniels. The one who, as James Harden said, “saved our season”.

The Rockets and Blazers played their third consecutive memorable game, with this one finally going the Rockets way as Troy Daniels broke the tie with a clutch 3 with less than 10 seconds left.

I was watching the game with the fellas and when Chandler Parsons fouled out, Coach Kevin McHale called on Daniels’ number to substitute. Now, I watch a lot of NBA… I didn’t know who Troy Daniels was. Now I know. Now we all know.

Sure enough, one of my buddies said, “Now watch! He’ll do something amazing!”. Right when he said that, I was rooting for it and when Jeremy Lin delivered a pass to Daniels at the 3 point line, I had my arms already raised. What a thrilling shot, and I couldn’t be more happy about stories like this.

Now, let’s let social media take it away…

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Troy Daniels' shot chart from his season in the D-League (note the amount of 3s)

Troy Daniels’ shot chart from his season in the D-League (note the amount of 3s)


The night was too great to let the Bulls W go by without a mention. Post Nene-Butler scuffle, Jimmy Butler shot the ball with confidence, hitting the go-ahead 3 with 24 seconds left as the Bulls tried unsuccessfully to find a way to lose held on for a 3 point victory, and their first of the series. Mike Dunleavy had a career playoff high with 35 points and the Bulls, staying true to their identity, rise as an underdog. Who knows what happens in Game 4, especially if Nene is suspended?