One month ago, T.J. Ford was told he didn't need to travel with the Indiana Pacers, that entering his enchilada recipe into a Betty Crocker competition was a better use of his time than hitting the road with the team that had bumped him out of its point-guard rotation.
But on Monday night, in Game 2 of the Pacers' first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, an injury to starting triggerman Darren Collison forced the former University of Texas product into action. And he responded by banking in — BANKING IN — a 50-plus-foot shot at the end of the third quarter to push his eighth-seeded Pacers into an against-all-odds 67-all tie with the NBA's best team, just 12 minutes away from going back to Indiana with an improbable split.
If you don't love what can happen during the playoffs, I literally don't understand you.
Original video via Ben Golliver.