With the clock running out, the un-written rule in basketball states that you dont go looking for more points once the game is won.
However, Murray shot an audacious three-point attempt from deep in the half in a bid to get to 50 points.
The unwritten rules of Jamal Murrays last-second 3-pointer
However, Hill stated on The Starters podcast that he didnt see any issue with Murray trying to score more points.
“I know you dont want someone scoring 50 on you, but guard him for the other 48, and you prevent that from happening.
Whilst he claimed to have no problem with Murray taking the shot, Hill admitted that he had never been placed in that scenario.
“I have had career nights and things of that nature, but nowadays everything is in the arena so you know your numbers,” Hill added.
But at the end of the game, when the Celtics had put their guard down, Murray threw up a three to try to eclipse 50 points. He missed, but everything went left from there. Murray broke unwritten rules, and in sports, that is regarded as a capital offense.
Kyrie Irving was Big Mad about the shot, and this is quite honestly the best part about the whole ordeal. He took the basketball (which Murray likely would have preferred to keep) and heaved it into the stands:
Kyrie threw the ball into the crowd after Jamal Murrays attempt to make 50-points as the game ended pic.twitter.com/Vbx3oNxmaf
Thats not some hey kid, here you go souvenir toss either. Irving was trying to send that Spalding to Mars. You could feel the energy from his rage go into that throw. When somebody is that mad, its hilarious nine times out of 10.
Dont get me wrong, Irving has reason to be mad, and well get to that. But the levels of mad are so very funny.
If time permits, you dribble the ball just past halfcourt, dap up some teammates or opponents, untuck your jersey, pretend to wave at somebody in the crowd you know, whatever. But you dont shoot, you dont dunk, and you dont dribble around opposing players (looking at you again, Jamal Murray).
The Celtics gave up, but briefly put Smell Your Breath pressure on Murray when the ball was being inbounded. Nothing long enough to indicate they were doing anything other than throwing up the white flag though:
After Murray got away and crossed half court, it seemed like he was going to dribble the game to its conclusion. Heres what everybody on the Celtics was doing, when Murray started to think otherwise:
When surrender is shown, its usually wise to acknowledge it. At least, thats only if youre looking to avoid confrontation and play by the unwritten rule.
Metaphorically speaking, Murray threw a punch after the bell had been rung. Thats the perceived problem.
Murray had done Actually Disrespectful things during the game like some killer crossovers and smooth fadeaway jumpers. One more shot at the end of the game is the least of the Celtics troubles on this particular night, in the grand scheme of things.
This moment was also different. Murray wasnt having some average night and just being a jackass, or simply a MiLLEnNiaL as your uninformed dork uncle might say. He was two points shy of a 50-piece.
There have been 488 regular season 50-point games in NBA history, and Wilt Chamberlain has 118 of them. A 50-burger isnt super uncommon, but the list of players that have earned them is short relative to the thousands of players who have played the game in the NBAs seven decades and change of basketball.
I think my emotions took over, as it normally does. No disrespect to the Boston organization and fans with that shot — I just had in my mind that I was going to go 50, and I think everybody kind of understood that was what I was trying to do.
I really wasnt meaning no disrespect. … I know half the team over there, so no hard feelings.
The idea behind players giving up with time left is human courtesy, which has its place in sports via unwritten rules like this one. If theres one unwritten rule in sports that the majority of players and fans dont mind, its probably this one. This rule is why we dont deal with something like the Murray situation very often. Most people like the idea of being nice to each other in all lanes of life, and thats good.
And Murray was mostly apologetic after the game when he could have talked about the best performance of his young career instead. He seemed to understand why this unwritten rule is so accepted. So yeah, while most unwritten rules are pretty dumb, this one at least kind of makes sense.
But if an unwritten rule is going to be broken, its going to broken in the NBA. The Associations ability to be human is part of why people love the brand, and its popularity is rapidly growing. I mean, players get into Twitter and Instagram wars like normal people in 2018. This humanness works in the opposite direction a lot, by the way. Old heads like to torch the NBA nowadays because players are friends with each other on and off the court.
Murray is an example of much of the NBA and its players would like to treat basketball for what it is — a game. Wild concept, I know.
If I was Murray, I also would have taken the shot to get 50. Its 50! But if I was Irving, Id also probably be a little ticked, though I like to think I wouldnt show it by heaving the basketball and letting everybody know how salty I am.
You probably feel the same way, and youd be justified in either instance. If theres an unwritten truth about the NBA that we can all agree on its that being you is highly encouraged.