Rio Grande Valley Alum Troy Daniels Saves Houston's Season
With one 3-pointer, NBA D-League alum Troy Daniels went from relatively unknown to household name. The sharpshooting guard that set the record for 3-pointers made in a single season with Rio Grande Valley this year propelled the Rockets to a Game 3 win with a clutch bucket with 11 seconds left in OT against Portland.
Here's what the basketball world is saying about his improbable heroics:
"They keep score in the D-League the same as they do in the NBA, but the things that matter are very different. If you want to keep playing, you absolutely must keep shooting. No matter the game or opponent, no matter the situation or the game plan. If you want to have a job the next day, you must be aggressive.
Unemployment is for the timid.
And so it shouldn't have been all that big of a surprise that when the ball found D-League call-up Troy Daniels with the score tied and just 11 seconds left on the clock at the end of overtime of the Houston Rockets' 121-116 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, he just did what he's been doing all year to keep eating."
"When you’re down 0-2, on the road and shoulder-deep in desperation, you’ll try just about anything.
Enter Daniels, the D-Leaguer who gave the Rockets the unlikeliest spark of this postseason. The 6-foot-4 sharpshooter came off the bench Friday to play 20 minutes, score nine points and hit 3-of-6 three-pointers, including the game-winning triple in OT that saved the Rockets’ season."
"And now we have a nice little storyline twist, with an unheralded minor league call-up – one that still hasn't played triple-digit NBA minutes at this point – absolutely saving Houston's season with one splash from 25 feet. Welcome to the podium, Troy Daniels."
"If the Rockets find a way to survive these Blazers and move on, the Daniels subplot will go down as one of the most improbable in league history."
And, of course, Twitter weighed in.
Harden: "A couple of weeks ago [Daniels] was in the D-League, now he saved our season." pic.twitter.com/4fK4ZCHpME— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 26, 2014
The Troy Daniels Game - the new number one craziest thing that's happened in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 26, 2014
For the Houston Rockets, here is why you invest all that time and money into a D-League franchise: Troy Daniels.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 26, 2014
Daniels from the Rockets!!!! "The Unknown" lets get him a super hero movie deal— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) April 26, 2014
As a fan , I didn't know why Daniels was in. I questioned it all night. Wow!! He shut me up!!!— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) April 26, 2014
Troy Daniels: "I had a feeling I was gonna hit a big shot." Anything is possible. » http://t.co/9E36LPkmz4— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 26, 2014
That was from Rio Grande Valley— Lee Jenkins (@SI_LeeJenkins) April 26, 2014
So happy for @MrSuPeRsTar_30, he put in so much work to get to that big shot. It was his 255th made 3-pointer this year!— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) April 26, 2014