- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 5, 2015

Otto Porter stood still when Chicago Bulls guard Tony Snell took off in a three-point game with with 16 seconds to play Tuesday in Chicago. Snell sprinted toward the opposite 3-point line and Porter was still frozen where he lined up before the ball was inbounded.

Porter’s mistake quickly became Internet fodder everywhere. As Porter explains, he broke one of the basic rules of defense — seeing the ball and your man at the same time — leading to the mistake.

“It just happened,” Porter said Thursday. “Not seeing my man and the ball at the same time. Stepped up a little too high, where I can see him. Next thing I know, he’s gone. Definitely a bad play on my part.

“I was actually talking to Temple on the ball at the same time. When I took my eyes off him, that’s when he went. Just happened. It happens. Ain’t the first one, trust me.”

Center Marcin Gortat had to cover for Porter and challenge Snell’s 3-point shot. That forced point guard Garrett Temple to rotate down and try to box out 7-footer Pau Gasol.

Snell missed, but Temple fouled Gasol when trying to push him away from the rebound. Gasol’s free throws with eight seconds remaining pushed the game from a single possession difference to two possessions, sealing yet another loss for the careening Wizards.

Washington has lost seven of its last eight games.

 

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