The Cleveland Cavaliers’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday was destined to be forgotten. Cleveland lacked the starting field of Colin Sexton and Darius Garland, as well as Dante Exam, Kevin Love, Kevin Porter Jr., Dylan Windler and Matthew Delavevedova. The Grizzlies did not have Jaron Jackson Jr. or Ja Morant. This was not a preview of the NBA Finals.
Thanks to Andre Drummond for still finding a way to make the game memorable, albeit for dubious reasons only. In the fourth quarter, after Cleveland was one point behind, Drummond took the ball in his elbow and inspected the defense.
He waited. And he waited. And he waited. Eventually, he tried to throw … a backhand (?) That flew back over his head, not to the basket. You just have to watch it for yourself:
This is art. Sick, twisted art. Here̵
You can’t blame Drummond completely: two of his teammates in the Cavs came around the screen at the same time, in the exact same place that complicated Drummond’s passage. So he just stood there until the end of the clock to shoot when he had to throw something up.
It was a turnover, yes, but it was much more than that. Given how many amazing players in the NBA are usually in their jobs, this is a truly amazing sequence.
The Cavs will continue to win, 94-90, to continue their surprising start to the season at 5-4. Drummond finished with a high 22 points and 14 rebounds. He also had six turns, none of them more glorious than this.
I will steal a line from my colleague Seth: “It’s as if he left the controller to answer a text, and then lifted it with his fingers on the wrong buttons.”
This sums it up perfectly. This seems like John Boas’ dream of NB Y2K to come to life. If the Griz-Cavs were to be forgotten forever anyway, at least we have that.