I’ve said this before, but there are few plays in this league more demoralizing to the opposition than a big Rasheed Wallace three. Today the Spurs felt the long range wrath of Sheed who nailed three fourth-quarter treys and outplayed Tim Duncan down the stretch (just like he did last season). But it was his back-to-back threes in the fourth that I want to talk about. With three minutes to play and the Pistons up by eight the game was still very much in the balance. Duncan misses a shot and then at the other end Sheed drains a long three to stretch the lead to 11. Game over. Manu responds with a three to give the Spurs a faint glimmer of hope, and then BOOM Sheed does it again. Game over, this time for real.
It’s not the first time this season Sheed has done this. In almost identical fashion, Sheed hit late back-to-back threes against the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in two very closely contested games. Check the footage.
Having probably seen a hundred Rasheed Wallace games, I can honestly tell you this is no fluke. When Sheed hits a three late in the fourth quarter there is a 95% chance he’s gonna take that shot on the next posession, if he gets it. It’s almost his signature move. As a Pistons fan sometimes it drives me nuts, but this season Sheed is shooting the three ball at 42% so why not keep shooting it?
And how bout that Puerto Rican guy?! His great play against the Lakers was no fluke and he’s been getting plenty of PT since. Enough PT to be out on the floor in the final minute of a close game and hit the game-wining three. Jose Barea – my #1 favorite player in the league right now.
And some shots of Miss Puerto Rico for good measure…
UPDATE: Thanks to one astute (astute=smart arse) reader for pointing out that Jose Barea is in fact not 5-foot tall as I pointed out the other day. His NBA.com profile does say 6 foot, but his Wikipedia entry says 5-10. But more irrefutable than any of that is this photographic evidence proving beyond doubt that he is only 5 foot tall. Jason Kidd is not 7-feet tall people.