Now That's a Game-Ending Play

You have probably already seen Shawn Marion's game-winning dunk from last night.

More and more, especially since learning how ineffective most late-game possessions are, I'm working with the theory that watching a superstar work against a double team -- one of the most common game-ending plays in the NBA -- is a travesty.

Teams seldom pass on these plays. Player movement is way down, too. Moving and passing the ball are part of getting high-percentage shots!

That isolation ... I think it might help coaches defend their play calls (I gave it to Dwyane Wade!) but I don't think it optimizes a team's chances of scoring.

Last night they broke the mold. The Heat inbounded the ball to Wade -- shocker -- and Tyrus Thomas did exactly what I would have done: He went to double Wade. Teams do that to superstars all the timein this situation. It's almost zero risk, because with a few seconds on the clock, superstars almost never pass.

But sometimes, they do.

With Thomas bellying up to Wade, and no one picking up open man, Marion bee-lined from inbounding the ball right to the rim, essentially unimpeded the entire way.

Great play, coach!

Except it wasn't a coaching move at all, apparently. Afterwards Wade said that in fact, the play had called for Marion and everyone else to spot up, like teams normally do with one play to decide the game. But Wade had privately instructed Marion to "do what he does" and cut to the hoop.