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The Place: Portland, Oregon.

The Date: May 2, 2014.

The What: NBA Playoffs. Western Conference, First Round, Game 6.

The Time: 4th Quarter 0.9 seconds remaining.

The Score: Rockets 98, Blazers 96.

Damian Lillard rises and releases the ball as time expires, over the out-stretched arm of Chandler Parsons.

Damian Lillard rises and releases the ball as time expires,                                                                                        over the out-stretched arm of Chandler Parsons.

The Play:

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One man.

One shot.

One second.

Three points.

One moment for one city.

One small step for Terry Stotts and the beloved Blazers.

One giant leap for Blazer-kind.

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From the ever-passionate ramblings of Portland Roundball Society’s Joe Swide:

ON FRIDAY MAY THE SECOND IN THE MOLA RAM CENTER WHERE BEATING HEARTS ARE RIPPED OUT AND SACRIFICED TO MYSTERIOUS GODS THE BLAZERS FOUND THEMSELVES DOWN BY TWO WITH .9 SECONDS LEFT AND SURE YOU MIGHT BE ASKING HOW EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN THE PRIOR 47 SOME ODD MINUTES TO GET THEM THERE BUT FIND THAT PLAY-BY-PLAY SHIT ELSEWHERE I AM TALKING ABOUT FEELINGS HERE SO WITH THE BLAZERS DOWN 2 AND NICOLAS BATUM INBOUNDING ON THE SIDE IN FRONT OF THE ROCKETS BENCH AFTER A TIMEOUT THE REST OF HIS TEAMMATES WERE MOSTLY CLUMPED OVER ON THE OPPOSITE WING WHERE DAMIAN LILLARD CAME OUT TO THE THREE POINT LINE AROUND A DOUBLE SCREEN AND MAYBE WAS AIDED BY SOME DEFENSIVE CONFUSION BETWEEN PATRICK BEVERLEY AND CHANDLER PARSONS BUT THEN AS LILLARD CAME ACROSS THE TOP OF THE ARC TOWARDS THE INBOUNDS IT LOOKED LIKE HE HAD SOME SPACE AND THEN THE PASS FOUND HIM RIGHT THERE DEEP ON THE LEFT WING AND HE ROSE OVER A DESPERATELY STRETCHED PARSONS AND THE BALL LEFT HIS HAND AND IT HUNG IN THE AIR AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT FELT LIKE IT HAD TO HAPPEN LIKE THIS THAT IT COULD NOT HAVE JUST BEEN LIKE A SIMPLE 8 POINT WIN AND ESPECIALLY NOT A SIMPLE 8 POINT WIN ON THE ROAD IT HAD TO HAPPEN HERE IN PORTLAND ON A RIDICULOUS LAST SECOND SHOT IN FRONT OF A PACKED HOUSE THE SAME SPIRITUAL HOUSE THAT HAD ONCE RUSHED THE COURT AND SCALED THE BACKBOARD AND CARRIED OFF BILL WALTON I MEAN REALLY COULD BREAKING THE 14 YEAR DROUGHT AND LIFTING THAT FEELING OF DREAD HAPPEN ANYWHERE ELSE OTHER THAN HERE CMON THIS IS PORTLAND WHERE BASKETBALL FANDOM IS A GENUINELY MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE OF COURSE IT HAPPENED LIKE THIS OF COURSE THE SHOT FELL THROUGH THE NET AND THE PLACE BURST INTO SCREAMING HUGS AND DAMIAN LILLARD GRABBED THE PA MIC AND YELLED RIP CITY TO WHOEVER WAS STILL CONNECTED TO EARTH.

NICOLAS BATUM WALKED OFF WITH A STRANGE CALM ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER PASSING THE BALL TO LILLARD BEFORE THE SHOT EVEN FELL AND AFTER THE GAME HE DESCRIBED WHAT HE SAW AND YO THIS IS A REAL QUOTE NO JOKES HE REALLY SAID THIS AS QUOTED BY THE GOD ERIK GUNDERSON OF THE COLUMBIAN, “DR. JACK, HE PUSH THAT SHOT IN FOR DAMIAN. THANK YOU, DR. JACK.”

YEAH, THANKS DR. JACK.

OH MAN GHOSTS AND LAST SECOND SHOTS AND SO MANY FEELINGS AND THIS WAS JUST THE FIRST ROUND YO THE PLAYOFFS ARE FUN LETS DO MORE PLAYOFFS.

 

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Now the Blazers wait to see if San Antonio holds off the Mavericks in Sunday’s Game 7.

The NBA Playoffs.

If you ain’t watching, something wrong with you.

 

 

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