Somewhere along the line, San Antonio Spurs wing Kyle Anderson earned the nickname Slow Mo for his plodding playing style. A 39-year-old Tim Duncan once said, “I can get Kyle in a footrace. I can get him. That’s bad.” The moniker was so fitting that Anderson figured it for a suitable Twitter handle.
Slow Mo was both a blessing and a curse on what turned out to be the NBA’s assist of the year.
Anderson poked the ball loose from Grizzlies guard Wayne Selden and started sprinting, as best he could, in transition. Bryn Forbes scooped up the loose ball and threw a pass leading Anderson toward the basket for an easy layup. Only Anderson could not snag it in stride and barely chased it down in the corner, where a desperation pass landed in the hands of Davis Bertans for an alley-oop dunk.
Asked if Anderson intended to throw the season’s best lob, Bertans said, “I don’t know, probably time just slows down when he got the ball, so he had probably like six seconds to figure out what to do.”
Asked Bertans about that pass from Kyle Anderson… Said Kyle saw him the whole time… he joked “Time slows down when he gets the ball. He probably had 6 seconds to figure out what to do” #Spurs pic.twitter.com/fyi8o9WcdP
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) March 6, 2018
The oop couldn’t have come at a better time, either. Bertans’ bucket pushed San Antonio’s lead to three with just nine minutes remaining — an edge the Spurs would never fully relinquish, despite a pair of ties down the stretch against a reeling Grizzlies team that has now lost 14 games in a row.
The Spurs won for the second time in almost a month, clinging to a half-game lead over the seventh-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. If any team needs to slow down time, it’s the Spurs, who desperately need Kawhi Leonard back for a playoff push. In the meantime, they’ll need more magic from Slow Mo.
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