We’ll tally it as “half” of a murder because Nelson missed the shot. But wow. This was one of the most savage ankle-breaking moments I’ve seen all season. RIP to Paul Pierce’s ankles.
Both of these clips contrast between an effective crossover and absolutely God awful defense. In each one, Nelson waits for a large teammate to come set a screen, patiently waiting for his defender to realize help is coming, and then reacting to the defender’s reaction, quickly crossing over away from the pick and towards the basket. Nelson’s crossover is very pretty, but the nonexistent help defense we witness from New York and Dallas is shameful enough to overshadow the two point effort. Almost shameful enough.