Posted February 04, 2013

Clippers’ Caron Butler tricks Raptors with fake high-five in garbage time

Ben Golliver, Caron Butler, Jonas Valanciunas, Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors

By Ben Golliver

Cheap play or crafty veteran trick?

In a scene you virtually never see in the NBA, Clippers forward Caron Butler earned two free throws in the closing seconds of a 98-73 loss to the Raptors in Toronto on Friday night by stealing the ball from rookie Jonas Valanciunas after approaching him to request a high-five.

After slapping hands at midcourt, Butler wrestled the ball away from Valanciunas and attempted to run in for a lay-up, only to earn two free throws on a clear path foul by the Lithuanian big man. Everyone else on the court was standing waiting for the game clock to run out in a 20+ point blowout. With the shot clock turned off and the scoring margin at 20+, protocol generally dictates that everyone relaxes in the name of good sportsmanship. Instead, Butler took advantage of Valanciunas, who was playing for the first time in more than five weeks after breaking his finger, ripping him off after suckering him in with an insincere gesture of goodwill.

Just as Bulls center Joakim Noah deserved a scolding for unnecessarily launching a three-pointer in an attempt to win the home crowd free hamburgers, Butler’s play sets a bad precedent and encourages retaliation and running up the score in the future. Late-game situations need not be this complicated, regardless of the frustration level of the game or the (lack of) experience of the opponent. Just shake hands and let out the bad vibes in the locker room.

The two free throws helped Butler finish with 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Los Angeles dropped to 34-14 on the season.

Rudy Gay scored a team-high 20 points for the Raptors in his first game since being traded by the Grizzlies. Amir Johnson finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Toronto improved to 17-30 with the win. 

Video via YouTube user Dizunks

16 comments
grizzlypete
grizzlypete

Always be ready to defend yourself. It was a bush league play but the rookie opened himself to it. There was still time on the clock.

Thelakers1
Thelakers1

The clippers are the most arrogant whinny team in the league. They are horrible poor sports and can't stand it when they don't get their way! Go to a game to see it, in person you can see what a whiny baby b*^ch face blake griffin and the rest pricks are.

pathfinder11
pathfinder11

what a d-ck, i would've fouled his brainless ass into the stands. another latrell sprewell type of player. he'll soon be another broke ass ex nba playing bitch

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

At least Noah was trying to win his fans free Big Macs, Butler was just being a petty sore loser.

RaptorFan
RaptorFan

It was funny to watch, and Im sure Jonas will learn from this...But at the same time, that was very unsportsman, the look of disgust from the fans will be around the next time LAC come to the ACC to visit the Raptors...and you can expect some boos.

TK23
TK23

Really? I understand the comments but is this news? Did the two extra points really matter? It was a funny moment. They were losing anyways.  

scBlais
scBlais

Bush league, selfish play.  His own teammates did not look very impressed.

c22mmm
c22mmm

Never trust a man who cannot look you eye to eye...

Matt43
Matt43

Very classless. 

IjvaloK
IjvaloK

I hope the 2 points were worth it, lol. How distasteful

M20
M20

This is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen in basketball.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

 @Thelakers1 

No that would be the lakers and kobe bryant! Kobe is the biggest B!tch in the NBA. Every time he gets stripped and stopped he whines like a little girl. Don't even get me started on the diva Howard...

Clippers > Lakers

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

 @TK23 Well, it at least has something to do with the sport, unlike all of those stories the media passed as having to do with the Super Bowl or football.

Staz
Staz

 @TK23 One of the funniest basketball plays I've seen in a while. Definitely made Valanciuanas feel dumb but luckily for him it didn't change the outcome of the game.