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Crunch Time: Anthony’s late 3-pointer vs Timberwolves

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Down 112-110 to the Minnesota Timberwolves with eight seconds left in the game Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder called a timeout to design a sideline out of bounds (SLOB) play. When the Thunder inbounded the ball, the result was what looked like a Russell Westbrook drive that turned into an open 3-pointer for Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony made the shot and the Thunder took the 113-112 lead. However, on the next possession, the Wolves inbounded the ball, rushed to the opposite end of the court and Andrew Wiggins nailed a late three off the glass to help Minnesota win the game.

Focusing in on the play before to get Anthony the open 3-pointer, here’s what the design of the play looked like on paper.


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Now, here’s the play in full motion.

With Westbrook’s ability to break down a defense even without the help of a screen, the Wolves had to make a choice – A) help away from Anthony and take the rim away from Westbrook, or B) try to stop Westbrook 1-on-1. The Wolves chose option A and the result was the open 3-pointer for Anthony.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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