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Andray Blatche's triple double heartbreak


Andray Blatche's reaction upon not getting his triple-double Sunday night was possibly the most enjoyable Wizards moment of 2010. It also holds up very well upon replay. It was passion to the extreme, near-joy coupled with burning disappointment, a crazed effort to get just one more rebound, his entire being focused exclusively on that singular goal. Here were the highlights:

1) After a missed New Jersey shot, Blatche flings his body toward the ball, but is called for a foul. He looks skyward in disbelief, hopping his way all the way down the court while grinning/grimacing.

2) On the ensuing possession, a New Jersey airball goes directly to Cartier Martin. The new Wizard makes a horribly inexperienced mistake, and catches the basketball that is falling towards him. Blatche contorts his body in agony. If the last one was disbelief, this is sheer refusal to acknowledge that the universe could be so cruel.

3) Martin laughingly apologies. Phil Chenier, meanwhile, points out that maybe a team leader should be a tad less concerned about his personal stats.

4) New Jersey has a fast break. Blatche initially was jogging back, but then something occurs to him and he starts racing his rear off to get in the play just in case there's a rebound. But the Nets score.

5) Now there's 4.2 seconds left and it's Wizards ball, up 10. Blatche gets the ball and dribbles frantically the length of the court, and then shovels the ball at the rim, presumably hoping for a rebound which would have turned this into a different level of farce. But he loses out to the clock, and mercifully, the game has now ended. Blatche lifts up and throws down his shirt in disgust, still shaking his head. Martin comes out to joke with him again.

6) After a mostly gracious post-game interview, Comcast SportsNet's Chris Miller says that at least Martin owes him dinner.

"He owes me a lot tonight," Blatche says without smiling. "He owes me a lot."

Video via Truth About It.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 5, 2010; 8:59 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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Comments

Ricky Davis sees nothing wrong with this.

Posted by: natinals1 | April 5, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Cartier Martin should be traded. Do you know how hard it is for a ball hog like Blatche to get even one assist in a game?

Posted by: snowg24bmw | April 5, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

And this is the guy they want to build around in the future. What a ******

Posted by: nford2 | April 5, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I saw this and immiedately called my pops in a "please tell me you saw that" moment. That was perhaps the saddest display of sportsmanship I've seen from someone in a Wizards uniform in my lifetime. Seriously Blatche, who f'ing cares about reaching an arbitrary 10th rebound?

Blatche is a very talented player, but these last few moments were just plain pathetic.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 5, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The man is playing ballllll...leave him alone. He is better than Garnett but you guys are just like Philly fans and then he will be goneeeee.

Posted by: gman54 | April 5, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"Blatche is a very talented player, but these last few moments were just plain pathetic.

Posted by: Barno1"

This is the only post of yours I've ever agreed with.

Posted by: nmik | April 5, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

This is what losers do.

Posted by: ThisGuy | April 5, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Triple-doubles against Nets this season do not count anyway. C'mon Dray, get your numbers against a real team!

Posted by: khrabb | April 5, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

You forgot to mention his being so upset about not getting the airball rebound that he didn't slap hands with McGee after McGee sank his free throw. Such a d-bag.

Posted by: thecoilspeaks | April 5, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

http://basketbawful.blogspot.com/2008/06/worst-evers-triple-doubles.html


Posted by: WheresRickySanders | April 5, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Bob Sura missed to himself for a triple double and the league rescinded the rebound?

For those who don't: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1781342

Posted by: wis193 | April 5, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

this was probably one of, if not, the most embarassing thing i have ever seen from a professional athlete. blatche and mcgee are both insecure players. you can sense that from interviews. they're both very shy and clearly not very mentally groomed. hopefully, they will mature over time. blatche is a good player, but what he showed was a lack of focus on what's important - a win.

Posted by: swishjobs | April 8, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

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