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Former Wildcat star Tyler Ulis defeats the Boston Celtics at the buzzer



On Friday night, Tyler Ulis finished with a career high in points (14) and assists (7) for the Phoenix Suns.

Sunday night, however, Ulis took yet another major step up.

Ulis finished with 20 points, five assists, two rebounds, and two steals in Phoenix’s win over the Boston Celtics.

The real story of the game? Mr. Clutch did it again.

Another look:

Check out some of Ulis’ other highlights from the game:

On a hilarious note, Ulis lost in the 2nd shortest jump ball in NBA history against Boston’s Isaiah Thomas (combined 138 inches). No, seriously.

(For those curious, the shortest jump ball in NBA history was between Muggsy Bogues and Troy Hudson (136 inches) back in 1999.)

The clutch gene never fades, it seems.

It’s time, Phoenix. A starting guard unit of Ulis-Bledsoe-Booker absolutely needs to happen.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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21 Comments for Former Wildcat star Tyler Ulis defeats the Boston Celtics at the buzzer

  1. CatManDo
    7:58 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

    So what negative spin will Cowherd put on it?

  2. wesmorgan1
    7:59 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

    The Kentucky Effect.

  3. CatsfaninFL
    8:11 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

    I miss him

  4. BigBlueWest
    10:15 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

    His will to win is his greatest asset.

  5. bhb71
    11:37 pm March 5, 2017 Permalink

    That man is cold-blooded. He’s gonna mess around and find himself getting starter minutes if he keeps playing the way he has lately.

  6. trumpetguy
    12:17 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

    OK, we get it, HE gets it….he is about 5″9″, maybe….he has ALWAYS been the smallest guy on the court, but Phoenix brass need to get this: Most of us believe that if he and Booker had been on the court in crunch time vs. Wisconsin, UK would have went 40-0, and if Booker can guard bigger, stronger wing players at NBA level, then the Suns will start winning games, because Tyler Ulis is a winner. He makes everyone around him better, and their job is much easier. Assists go up, turnovers go down. Wins follow! Hadn’t they rather win games with smaller guys, than lose games with bigger guys?

    • rockatao
      12:24 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

      Unfortunately, the Suns can’t defend at any position.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:21 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

      Ancient history dude.

    • J-Dub421
      9:16 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

      For the last time stats from Wisconsin game in 2015:

      Booker: 6 points 1 rebound in 19 minutes of play, and got abused on defense.
      Ulis: 6 points, 1 assist, 2 steals in 17 minutes.
      Aaron Harrison: 12 points, 3 rebounds in 27 minutes.
      Andrew Harrison: 13 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block in 31 minutes.

      Booker and Ulis being in at the end would not have won that game. Neither of them played very well, and Booker didn’t even attempt a three. Your perception of what happened in that game and what actually happened are two very different things.

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:33 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you jdub. Saved me the time. As I mentioned yesterday, had WCS even sniffed his season averages in that game, we win walking away.

    • J-Dub421
      9:53 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

      If the officiating hadn’t been so very crappy (Wisconsin 22 free throws when they took 17 threes, UK 10 free throws when we took only 5 threes, and that’s not even getting into the shot clock violation). Willie had an off game. Trey Lyles only had 1 rebound in 29 minutes, which I find unacceptable from a dude who is 6’10”. There were a lot of factors. Mostly I think being so close to going 40-0 put a lot of pressure on the team and got into their heads.

    • CATandMONKEY
      9:57 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

      Ugh the shot clock… Had almost forgotten.
      Point that we agree on is that the Harrisons did NOT lose that game for UK.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:58 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

      Also, I think Cal told them to pull the ball out and kill the clock; we were up 4 and had the ball three straight trips with that lead. We just ran the clock down to 3-4 seconds, and didn’t get a decent shot.
      Should have kept running the offense, and taking the ball inside to Towns.

    • CATandMONKEY
      10:01 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

      Amen, RG.454.
      That is and has been a reasonable criticism of Cal on several occasions.

    • J-Dub421
      2:32 pm March 6, 2017 Permalink

      They were trying to get it inside to Towns, he was getting double teamed.

  7. LosingTradition
    12:28 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

    • runningunnin.454
      9:59 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

      I didn’t quite catch that; are you talking about IU, UConn, or Wisconsin this year?

    • CATandMONKEY
      10:05 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

      I had to give a like to losing; possibly his best comment.

  8. Han
    8:31 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

    Why did you all leave out that Bledsoe made the tying shot literally right before this play? More Kentucky goodness.

  9. donjohnson
    8:41 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

    Get off his nuts I agree with the guy above why did we not talk about blood so who actually hit the defended actual game time shot ulis got a bounce off of a bad past and jacked up at 3 that he had to shoot at the last second with no one around. Why does he get so much more hype than any other UK player on this website especially the ones that are actually going to be starters and NBA All-Stars

  10. phoenixcats
    10:45 am March 6, 2017 Permalink

    Not speaking for anyone but myself, but Ulis is an underdog, and that is precisely why I love him and his game. I would much rather see a guy who is not going to be considered a starter or an NBA All-Star come up with the game winning basket any day over the starter or All-Star. Seeing Ulis succeed out there with All-Stars in his face is FANTASTIC. Not taking anything away from Bledsoe…he absolutely was one of the major factors in this win. Bledsoe is a starter and an All Star, and I expect him to be a major factor in the game, and am so thankful that the Suns have him. But I am absolutely thrilled that the Suns gave Ulis a chance to step up and contribute and show Phoenix what he has to offer…which is heart and a will to win. After playing hard the entire game, assisting, stealing, putting up baskets, for Ulis, the rookie, the little man no one has given any credit to ever become an NBA starter or All Star…to pick up that ball and knock down a 3 in IT’s face….totally and completely thrilled for him. So ready for him to prove everyone wrong…this is just the start for him.