The Spurs lost to the Celtics Thursday night, 90-83. With under a minute left, Richard Jefferson made a shot to bring the Spurs within four, 87-83. After Kevin Garnett missed an outside jumper and Tony Parker had his layup blocked by Rajon Rondo, San Antonio had to begin fouling to stop the clock in hopes of coming back. The Celtics made 3 of 4 free throws to pull out a seven point win but the bottom line is the Spurs had a prayer after that Jefferson bucket. Considering that brought them within four, imagine how much tighter the game would have been had DeJuan Blair not tipped a defensive rebound into his own net! Here’s the first quarter video of DeJuan Blair scoring on his own basket:
The difference between Blair’s gaffe and Nate Robinson’s mistake from a few games ago was intent: Blair was trying to gather a rebound and knocked it into his net; Robinson intentionally shot at his own basket. Blair actually had a strong game going 9-11 for 18 points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes. You know the draft day steal wishes he had that one back.