The Atlanta atmosphere was superb all night, even during replay reviews when organist Sir Foster played “All Day” for a good 2 minutes. So when they won, it was appropriately crazy. I loved that 2 Chainz dapped up his NBA doppelgänger DeMarre Carroll, but that’s currently not in GIF form. Carroll’s dap from T.I. is though…
On top of that, this shut the door on Atlanta’s miracle comeback — down 21 with 8 minutes to go, which was keyed by their bench and a game-tying 3 from Mike Muscala (who?! Roseville, Minnesota’s pride and joy).
Then Pierce’s unbelievable shot caps off an unbelievable fourth quarter.
Then he dropped a truth bomb for the walk-off interview… and then walked off.
What a scene in New Orleans as well last night as the Warriors sent it to OT after a 20 point 4th quarter comeback on this crazy, otherworldly 3-pointer by… who else, Stephen Curry. If you went to bed early last night, or simply want to relive the shot of the Playoffs (so far) then press play above or check out the other angle vine below.
MORE: Deadspin has every alternate angle and audio (great for those who don’t like Steve Smith’s ooooohhhh on the TNT broadcast)
With 3 seconds or less left and the ball side out of bounds, there’s no better designer for this situation this season than Celtics coach Brad Stevens. See here and here.
And up above too as Jae Crowder screened, then was screened to free him up juuust enough to hit an incredible shot. It may not matter for the Celtics on the surface: they clinched a 7 seed with the win, which was likely to happen in the season’s last 2 days anyway.
But what the win did for the Celtics has more of an effect on the Raptors, who with the loss are now the #4 seed in the East. If our hometown Bulls win tomorrow at home versus the Hawks, they’ll be the #3 seed and earn a 1st round matchup with Milwaukee.
Related: here’s the playoff schedule if that happens.
Moments ago, Georgia State’s RJ Hunter capped a 13-0 run with this NBA-range 3 with 2.8 seconds left that caused his dad and head coach Ron Hunter, who tore his achilles on Sunday celebrating when Georgia St. won their conference tourney to earn a bid to the tournament, TO LITERALLY FELL OFF HIS CHAIR!
You can’t script this. Father and son, the celebration Sunday, the celebration today. The way they came back. This is what March Madness is all about.
We don’t have an NCAA section here, but this is fitting for the NBA section because after all, RJ Hunter is a 1st round prospect. Look out for him, Kevin Ware (yup, that Kevin Ware) and the Georgia State Panthers to continue their Cinderella run on Saturday.