MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 129-124 in L.A. Wednesday night, a possible preview of June's NBA Finals.
It was a great team win, but one particular play from point guard Eric Bledsoe is perhaps drawing even more attention than the final score. On a normal inbounding play with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Bledsoe apparently forgot one of the most basic rules of basketball: You have to pass the ball to a teammate - you can't just dribble the ball in.
Watch the play here:
The referees immediately whistled the play dead, and it was Clippers ball. Of course, social media erupted with commentary on the gaffe:
I can't even begin to fathom what Eric Bledsoe was thinking here. pic.twitter.com/aYStxlZyK9— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) November 7, 2019
Eric Bledsoe forgot you have to actually inbound the ball. pic.twitter.com/EAUvEDIBXe— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) November 7, 2019
In a gracious display of sportsmanship, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo actually took the blame for the mistake, according to The Athletic's Eric Nehm.
"He said he messed Bledsoe up because he called a play and he should not have called the play until Bledsoe inbounded the ball," Nehm reported on Twitter.
Despite the mistake, the Bucks won and are 6-2 on the young season - good for second overall in the Eastern Conference. They take on the Utah Jazz Friday.