Highlights like these usually happen during fast break opportunities since there are only a few players there to defend. So to see an alley-oop off the backboard in a half-court setting is a lesson about perfect execution, supreme athleticism, and good old team chemistry. In some cases too, these happen out of pure luck.
The alley-oop off the backboard may seem unintentional, but it does not completely diminish its worth. This connection between Tyler Ulis and Josh Jackson of the Phoenix Suns is one of those plays you’ll have to view at least two times to realize what actually happened.
Oop off the backboard for Jackson! #SunsAt50
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— NBA (@NBA) March 27, 2018
Was it just a bad pass which luckily ended up in Jackson’s hands? As long as two points are added to the Suns’ score, they’ll take these happy accidents any day. The highlight is only one of the few this season for the Suns. They are the worst team in the NBA with a 19-55 record. It seems not too long ago when they were the team to beat back when Steve Nash was at the helm.
They are currently facing the Boston Celtics right now, the second-best team in the East. A Suns win will not mean much to their season. They have long accepted defeat ever since the losses piled up. If, at any, it will boost their morale and also tarnish the Celtics’ record who still have a chance of claiming first seed.
After their duel with the Celtics, the Suns are off to face the L.A. Clippers. A highlight or two is likely to happen. But offensive highlights, no matter how fancy, are only worth at least two points. The ultimate goal is to win a game.