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Please pray for Landry Shamet.

Please pray for Landry Shamet.
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Christmas Day 2022 will always be remembered because we almost lost Landry Shamet to a senseless imposition.

During injury time of the NBA’s Christmas Day final game between the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns, Shamet made a basketball decision that, as opposed to a business decision, ended with his body being damaged. swept away 6 feet from the rim and his soul was lifted to the rafters. However, before Shamet got to the fateful encounter, the Suns took a 113-111 lead with 15 seconds left and needed to stop.

Up until that point, Nikola Jokić had scored unstoppable. In the Nuggets’ final rule play, he joined as prey. Jokic-Jamal Murray’s tit-for-tat is one of the NBA’s most devastating combos. So he and Murray tapped their fusion dance in the outer ring to free Murray. for a drive to the rim where he took the elevator past DeAndre Ayton and took it home to make it 113.

However, Murray’s pitch did not nearly injure Phoenix as much as the explosion triggered by Aaron Gordon in the atmosphere above the tin. In stoppage time, Denver had a slim 123-124 lead in weak seconds as Gordon parried a loose ball, sped into an empty floor, started the engine, launched from the runway, ripped a bag. gas in the space-time continuum, and raised over Shamet’s chest. Shamet was initially empowered, but his restless legs and the fact that he leaned against him, caused officials to reverse the call on replay and call him for a tackle.

Imagine being hit by a speeding car, being jerked out of the door of death, then waking up aching, crippled, and discovering that Twitter was on the attacker’s side. your public. That’s basically what happened to Shamet, who wasn’t even allowed to be there during the crisis. Unfortunately, he came to the wrong place, at the wrong time after Devin Booker disqualified himself after 4 minutes of action. To add insult to injury, Gordon shot his own free throw on the other end to seal the win for Denver and knock out Shamet’s career-high 31 points.

The Republic of Arizona The sun beats reporter Duane Rankin’s Zapruder camera angle provides a closer look at Gordon’s elevation and Shamet’s soul being ejected from his body. The eulogy has been written. The family watching has turned away and the tombstones have been photoshopped.

In Shamet’s confusion, he must have forgotten that Gordon is probably the greatest pitcher to never win a Slam Dunk contest.and registered six pitches during the night and had a steam head racing Shamet’s way through the thin Denver air.

shaman, priest, and theologians have also theorized about where we go during our encounters with death or after our eventual death. Did Landry Shamet see the family? Pearly Gate? Do they have a warm glow or did he experience a piercing light? Is there a waiting room on the astral plane? Nothingness? Only Shamet knows and he doesn’t tell. Saturday is the highest of the highs and the lows of the lows and is a moment he will want to forget. Unfortunately, every Christmas Day between now and the end of time, it will be played over and over again.

We won’t know how much Shamet is left mentally or physically on the floor of Denver’s Ball Arena until the Sun steps up there again on Tuesday. Each posterization extracts a small percentage of the hooper’s personality, confidence, and will hoop. Meanwhile, Gordon was still free to roam.

Overall, Gordon’s title of the year and his 28 points are a clear way for Denver to mark its emergence as the preeminent force at the Western Conference near the middle of this season. Jokić has a double triple point 41 points was wiped out by Gordon’s hit against Shamet, but he appeared to be on his way to his third consecutive MVP trophy. Denver’s overtime victory put them past the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies for first place in the West while Phoenix lost three games back. Shamet may not be the last victim of this up-and-coming Nuggets rogue.


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