In the 2001 film "Ocean's Eleven," rakish thieves played by George Clooney and Matt Damon tell one another that when executing a high-stakes caper, attention to detail is critical. "If you lose focus for one second in this game, someone gets hurt," they said. The same could just as easily be said of a variety of other endeavors, including NBA basketball, as Courtney Lee(notes) of the Houston Rockets learned Saturday night.
With nine minutes remaining in the second quarter of the Rockets' road contest against the Chicago Bulls, Lee's teammate Brad Miller(notes) picked up his dribble near the top of the key so that he could hand the ball off to Lee, who was streaking along the 3-point line, and then set a screen on the Bulls' C.J. Watson(notes), who was trailing Lee. It's a standard pick play that you see teams use countless times every night in the NBA. These guys can run it in their sleep.
Except, y'know, not always. See, as Lee took the rock and attempted to curl around Miller's left shoulder toward the basket, he didn't quite give himself a wide enough berth. The result?