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J.J. Redick's Game-Winner Was Made Possible By Chris Paul's Nutmeg Inbounds

So this is a game-winning shot by J.J. Redick (at least one Dookie had a good night), but it’s not even the most impressive thing in this clip. Watch it again, and pay attention to Chris Paul’s inbounds pass. He is being guarded by 6'11" Mason Plumlee, who was brought into the game specifically to deny the inbounds.

So how do you go around someone who is 6'11”? You don’t. You go under them, or maybe more specifically, you go through them. Paul just bounced the damn ball through Plumlee’s legs to the open Redick. It reminds me of free kicks in soccer when the ball is kicked under the jumping wall, like this Philippe Coutinho beauty from last month.

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