Dillon Boucher is not a basketball player. He is a force of chaotic and uncontrollable energy. Unlike almost any player before him, his game is nearly entirely void of skill, reliant only upon his own desire to belong where he most clearly does not – on the court, with skilled athletes. His game is sheer will power and energy. It is desperate and hungry. This can be for the benefit of the Breakers; he creates a lot of turnovers, and not just from dribbling off his own foot. But in the end, like a powerful but uncontrollable weapon, their tends to be collateral damage. Tonight the Breakers were victims of Boucher’s unpredictable effect. Specifically, leading by four points with four seconds to go in the first half, Boucher reached to block the shot of Tigers player Anstey. He commited a foul. Nice hustle you might say. The only problem is that Anstey was shooting a near three-quarter court shot that he had no chance of making. He sunk the three foul shots to help the Tigers go into the second half only down by one. Look at the girl on the far left, she sums up what everyone was thinking:
Tigers ended up winning 103-85 and I can’t help but thinking Boucher changed the whole game with this idiotic play. In a split second he showed desperation that no one leading should show, ill-discipline and lack of game smarts. How could the Tigers not think they were going to win after that? Don’t be too harsh on Boucher though, the Breakers surely know what they get with him, and it’s the only way he can survive in this league. Like a scavenger he must scrap for everything, no matter what type of garbage it is. Does it belong in professional sports? Maybe. Dennis Rodman was similar in the NBA. Surviving on tenacious defensive and a knack for finding rebounds. He was also prone to moments of complete self destruction. It’s not pretty, but sometimes you need it. Just expect some collateral damage every now and then.