Watch the video, and you decide: Pass or shot?
Just how it was drawn up, right?
“Devin said it was a great pass,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. “So that’s how it was supposed to go.”
Corbin said that with a sly grin, by the way.
Either way, Jefferson did an outstanding job of initially helping Harris break free and then getting to the right spot where things happened — on purpose or by accident — in a magical manner for the Jazz.
“Another case of understanding time and point in the game, and following the play,” Corbin said. “When he set the pin down for Devin as Devin came off he went right for the basket and Devin did a great job throwing it at the rim. Maybe he saw Al, but it was a great pass for the finish.”
Harris not only made the assist, but he also convinced Jefferson that it was indeed a pass.
“It was just drawn up to get the ball (inbounds) and go to work and that’s we did,” Jefferson said. “Devin made a hell of a pass, and we got a great shot up.”
The reason it worked so well was that Kings center DeMarcus Cousins — apparently Harris’ new nemesis — came out to double team the Jazz point guard. That left Big Al very, um, wide open.
“I was butt naked and I wondered did he see me,” the still-clothed Jefferson said, describing how wide open he was underneath. “We only had four seconds, but he got it up there. In some kind of way, he threw it up there and I got it.”
Added Harris: “Pass, of course. Once I saw Cousins step up, I just tried to get it to Al any kind of way I could. He made a great play and put it in.”
And my opinion? As Jazz fan Max Change pointed out, I tweeted, “AL-ey oop! WOW!” after it happened, so it had to have been a pass, right?