As time wound down in the first quarter of 76ers vs. Heat Game 1 on Saturday, Robert Covington caught a pass, pump-faked, side-stepped, then shot a three. It was cash, but it d— sure should not have counted.
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Let me make something clear right now: Under no circumstances is this play NOT a travel.
And it’s not just me that thinks so:
Covington set his feet. Then set his feet again. There’s no traveling calls anymore
— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) April 15, 2018
Covington really just pumpfaked, side-stepped to the right, and drilled a 3.
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) April 15, 2018
Did Covington dribble on that 3?
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) April 15, 2018
Sure, players push the travel call these days with euro-steps and side-steps, but those all come after a dribble. Covington had the nerve, no the gall, to side-step without taking a dribble, and nobody blew the whistle.
We might as well just throw the travel rule out the window.
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