November 11th, 2015: Kristaps Porzingis almost hits a game winning three against the Charlotte Hornets, but was waved off by a split second.
Kristaps Porzingis first exciting moment as a Knick didn’t end up counting. He was just a small pinch of a second away from shocking the NBA with a thrilling game-winning shot. With 0.6 seconds left and the game on the line, the Knicks ran a SLOB (sidelines out of bounds) triangle set with Lance Thomas inbounding the ball. Carmelo Anthony flashed up to the top of the key and set a screen against both Marvin Williams & Cody Zeller. Porzingis set a nice juke and received a pass from Lance Thomas behind the line.
As Porzingis hit the three, most of the teammates, announcers, and fans (even myself) thought Porzingis got the ball out right before the buzzer hit. After further review, it was determined that the shot was released just a split second after the buzzer and thus lost 95-93.
Porzingis ended the game with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony led the team with 29 points.
One controversial point discussed after the game was whether the clock was set properly before the Porzingis three. Some people discussed whether more time should have been added after Zeller hit the go-ahead layup. Even adding 0.1 seconds on the clock would have allowed Porzingis to get the ball out of his hands before the buzzer.
The other less controversial question is whether Porzingis would have gotten a shot off faster if Lance Thomas provided the pass closer to his shoulders rather than his hips. Lance’s pass forced Porzingis to waste a few tenths of a second with the shot release.
Regardless of the outcome, the game was exciting for Knicks fan and reminded the NBA of Porzingis’ unlimited potential.