Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks: The Length of a Tenth of a Second

December 17th, 2010 by Rahil Devgan Leave a reply »
What can you do in two tenths of a second? Take a sip of water? Blink twice? Win a basketball game?

In the land of the typical NBA catch-and-shoot buzzer beater, 00.3 is the magical number. It's what the NBA rule book deems the minimum time required to receive an inbounds pass and attempt a shot.

Between 00.3 and 00.1 seconds the only hope is an alley-oop (can't think of a better example than David Lee) and below a tenth of a second, there isn't any hope at all. 

As Paul Pierce approaches the three point line against the streaking Knicks with just under five seconds left on the shot clock, his experienced assassin mentality sets in and his mind carefully divides itself into two - one on the shot clock as the precious seconds tick away and the other on the basket where he would execute to perfection moments later. As Pierce has done judiciously in the past, this one was perfect too.

Well, almost. 

Look at the video below:

The first thing I did when I saw it was to focus on Pierce and the ball's arc towards the net while simultaneously keep an eye on the shot clock in my subconsciousness ...

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