Title: C.J. Miles’ Itchy Trigger Finger and the Mindset of a Three-Point Threat
Date: April 20, 2018
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: In my latest for Vice, I wrote about the Raptors’ culture reset and all the ways it manifested itself in a Game 1 victory over Washington.
The last playoff memory of C.J. Miles entering this postseason wasn’t a great one. Down one point in Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miles—then an Indiana Pacer—drove left on Richard Jefferson, pump-faked, and pulled up to miss a buzzer-beating three. Paul George, who fed Miles out of a trap, would later say he should be the one taking the last shot, and Miles would finish the four-game sweep 5-of-16 from outside.
Except, for Miles, that’s not a memory at all.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Miles told VICE Sports on Thursday. “I have no idea.”
Miles is not so much committed to that non-truth as he is committed to the gimmick.
As a shooter, he has no choice but to have a short memory.