But what did happen was ever more mysterious: the basketball just disappeared into thin air.
*X-Files theme plays*
OK, but seriously, where did the ball go?
My first guess was a ghost, which have been known to interfere with sporting events. Some suggested a Space Jam-like scenario where Russ absorbs the ball to steal the talents of other players ( ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ). But definitely the most likely scenario is that Elfrid Payton took the ball — either with his hands...
Into #2's left hand— DECRY™ (@DecrypticShadow) March 3, 2018
...ORRR it got stuck in Payton’s incredible, infamous hair.
Maybe the ball got lost in Elfrid Payton's hair— D&S Sports Talk - David (@dmcreek) March 3, 2018
The honest truth is we may never know what happened to the ball on that fateful night. But whatever the reason, it certainly made for an excellent Sports Mystery™.
I expect a 30 for 30 very soon.