Taking the ball from midcourt with three seconds before halftime, Utah Jazz forward Steve Novak had two things in front of him. One was the game clock, ticking down as he caught the inbounds pass–the other, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh. And so Novak did what most shooters are taught: he dribbled at his defender and leaned into Bosh to draw a foul–well, kind of.
Look, the Jazz were down by 15, 62-47, getting blown out on their own home floor at EnergySolutions Arena. Frankly, the only solution here with the clock ticking was for Novak to chuck up a three-point shot–that specialty for which he’s known around the NBA. For his career, Novak’s a 43 percent three-point stroker, you know.
Except Novak didn’t shoot the ball right away. Instead, he leaned in towards Bosh but his attempt to do so was so pathetic, so Bizarre, his non-move, double-pump-whatever-the-hell created a Vine within seconds. and he became a laughingstock on Reddit within minutes. After Novak attempted–or didn’t attempt–to draw a foul, Bosh grabbed the ball and looked at Novak like the dude was crazy.
Then Bosh handed the ball off to the referee and the first half ended with everyone wondering what in the hell Novak was thinking on that play. The Jazz were still down 15 and yeah, things just got a bit awkward. Trey Burke, Novak’s teammate and second-year man just shook his head at the veteran as they walked off the court.
Not sure that Burke–who scored seven measly points–is one to look cross-eyed or point fingers though, because you don’t see Novak making a jilted girlfriend mad enough that she’s re-tweeting pictures of his junk on Twitter. Or, irritating millions because he’s mocking a handicapped man on Twitter. Just saying.
You also can’t blame Novak for not knowing how to draw a foul properly. He gets close to zero playing time for the Jazz, who lost this game 100-95 to the Heat on Fri. Dec. 12. His appearance against the Heat marked just his second in the Jazz’ last five games.
Just how did the Jazz lose this game, you ask? Well, with the Jazz down by three, or 98-95, another player–Joe Ingles–forgot the Jazz didn’t have any timeouts with 5.2 seconds to go and committed a five-second violation by failing to get the ball inbounds. That brilliant play by the Aussie sucked up five of the remaining, precious 5.2 seconds on the game clock, giving Miami the five-point win after it knocked down two free throws.
Think it might be time for some of these Jazz players to see something else other than the bench? Yeah, and it might be time to stop expecting three guys–er, Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks–to do everything, too. For the record, Hayward had 18, Kanter 25 and eight and Burks, 16 on a night when Derrick Favors sprained his ankle in the first quarter and didn’t play another minute.
As for Novak, he didn’t play another minute after his moment of brilliance but he does have 3.4 million reasons to keep trying to play–and not become a total joke–this season. Bosh was credited with a blocked shot on Novak’s pathetic attempt to draw a foul, and the Jazz went on to lose their ninth game in the last 10.