March 25, 2011
Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap(notes) is best known as a hard worker who knows how to use his considerable strength with the ball in his hands. However, in truth, he's actually quite skilled and has expanded his offensive game with every passing season. You don't average 17.2 ppg on 53 percent shooting without a considerable amount of creativity.
Except even the most creative player in the league couldn't have thought this shot had a good chance of going in. In the final minutes of Thursday night's game against the Hornets in Salt Lake City, Millsap drove to his left and tossed up a blind circus shot with an awkward swing of his arms. Somehow the ball went in, which seems borderline-impossible given the angle. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
Of course, Millsap was pretty good on the night, finishing with 33 points and 11 rebounds. On the other hand, the Jazz had some ill fortune and ended up losing the game 121-117, all despite the Hornets having the terrible luck of losing David West(notes) with a serious knee injury. Maybe the trick to success is being both lucky and good. Sadly, that doesn't roll off the tongue quite so well.