It’s all fun and games until you’re the one getting humiliated, and just wishing it would stop. Then it’s a violation of some unwritten honor code.
Raptor’s Demarre Carroll throws down windmill dunk while leading by 22 with less than two seconds left
Multiple three-point attempts late in blowout victories by the Wizards
It’s completely hypocritical for the Raptors and the Wizards to try to take some moral high ground on this particular issue. It’s also never acceptable to shove an opponent out of bounds (a deliberate foul that carries a definitely higher risk of injury) as Brandon Jennings did, or fight your opponents as the Raptors players did. That’s completely immature and unprofessional.
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The objective rationale for this standard (not scoring late in blowouts) is that a made field goal stops the clock, extending the game for little reason. However, not taking a shot at all also stops the clock with a shot-clock violation, forcing the referees to take the ball out of bounds for the other team to put back in play at a specific spot under the referee’s direction, extending the game even more. And of course, if you take a shot to avoid this, there’s a very real chance it might go in – you shouldn’t expect an opposing player to intentionally miss a shot just so you can go lick your wounds that much sooner.
I could understand why someone might be a little upset with Carroll’s play; letting the 1.2 seconds run off the clock would let everyone get off the court and get some R&R a little earlier, and practicing your showboat dunks is a definite taunt. Kicking someone when they’re down is generally frowned upon in our society. But even that is not a big deal. I don’t understand why the Wizards would be at all unhappy with Javale McGee’s shot; the big man is a very poor outside shooter, and his three-point attempt was almost guaranteed to miss even by his own admission. If the Wizards want the blowout to end ASAP, this is the best case scenario for them.