First off, credit goes to CBS Spors blogger Zach Harper (@talkhoops) for tweeting out this video from the final seconds of last night’s Bucks-Pistons blowout. I turned this one off with about two minutes left in favor of a more competitive game, and apparently I missed a moment of pure Brandon Jennings-ness
As you can see, Jennings puts on a pretty impressive dribbling exhibition, much to the chagrin of the veteran Butler. For a second there it appears Butler might physically confront Jennings, but their interaction is ultimately limited to some meaningless defense and likely some choice words (it looks like Butler says something – probably “good game” – as Jennings walks to the bench).
Now, typically dribbling out the clock doesn’t involve flashy moves or an Iverson spin, but in Brandon’s defense he had a great game against his former team and I don’t think he was in any way attempting to “show up” the Bucks. Plus, you have to factor in veteran Pistons’ PA announcer John Mason turning the Palace into an And 1 Mixtape Tour stop on a nightly basis.
Jennings, clearly motivated to face Milwaukee, finished with 15 points and 13 assists and hit four consecutive threes during a first quarter dominated by Detroit. Of course, he flashed the trademark “three to the head” after each make. Needless to say, his return to Milwaukee on Dec. 4 should be a dandy.
Strangely enough, this is not the first time Caron Butler has been involved in an end-of-game incident (Though I’m not sure I’d even call last night an “incident”). You may recall last season in Toronto when Butler pulled the ol’ fake handshake-steal on Jonas Valanciunas with the Clippers down by 27 points. Classic.