Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson has insisted that Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose’s buzzer-beater in Game 3 was a ‘lucky shot’.
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With the clock ticking down in regulation, Rose collected an in-bounds pass from Mike Dunleavy before creating some separation from Thompson beyond the arc.
The former MVP insisted that it felt good as soon as the ball left his hand as he launched a three-pointer with the game tied at 96-96 with just seconds remaining, and he looked on as it kissed off the glass and into the net to win the game for the Bulls.
As the United Center erupted into chaos, the Cavaliers players were left to walk back to the locker room heartbroken in an epic moment for Rose, Chicago and the NBA as a whole after his injury woes.
However, Thompson has moved to ruined the magic by insisting that it was a ‘lucky shot’ while LeBron James and JR Smith clearly agreed with his assessment.
“I contested,” Thompson told Northeast Ohio Media Group late Friday night.
“It wasn’t like he just walked in and took a three. That’s all you can really ask for. It was a lucky shot. He hit it off the glass. It’s tough.”
James and Smith were heard discussing it close by with the former describing it as a “tough-ass shot” while Smith was adamant that Rose would miss it if he was asked to shoot it again.
The fact is that Rose didn’t miss and Game 3 went to the Bulls. Now the Cavs must respond and take back home-court advantage in Game 4 on Sunday.