SALT LAKE CITY — Joe Ingles had a nice stat line in Monday night’s win over the Detroit Pistons, totaling 13 points, eight assists and four rebounds.
But that’s not what people will remember about him from this game.
And even though he hit a key 3-pointer late in the 100-94 victory — the surging Jazz’s fourth straight — what he did after the clutch shot provided a memorable and classic Ingles moment.
After the shot from the corner swished, Ingles turned around to some Pistons fans on the front row, put his hand to his mouth and blew them a kiss.
As he ran to the other side of the court, the oft-chirping trash-talker appeared to tell the team, “Too much talk! Too much talk!”
People on the internet had fun with this exchange, of course.
“Joe Ingles out here kissing Pistons fans goodbye,” @ESPNNBA wrote.
“Joe Ingles is a national treasure,” Fox Sports Australia’s Olgun Uluc wrote.
“Joe Ingles gives Pistons fans the kiss of death,” @sportsbyfry added.
Ingles was also called “savage” by multiple sports fans, “THE MYTH, THE MAN, THE LEGEND” by @slcdunk, a “trash-talking god” by @JodiFairbanks and the GOAT (greatest of all time) by others.
Ingles didn’t just trash-talk Pistons fans in the crowd. He let Blake Griffin know that he didn’t approve of the way the Pistons’ big man folded over like a cheap suit when he ran into an Ingles screen, goading the referees into calling Ingles for an offensive foul.
As they returned the other direction, Ingles clearly called Griffin a “flopper.”
One Thunder fan even admitted to (GASP!) liking Ingles.
There’s only one thing the Utah organization can do now, right? This popular Jazz blog believes so.
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