Bojan Bogdanovic, Myles Turner attempt to ground bat with kicks
Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 116-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, but something else he did on the court Thursday night is garnering the most attention.
A bat flying was spotted flying around Bankers Life Fieldhouse at multiple points during Thursday’s game, and Bogdanovic did his part to pacify the on-court intruder, as did Pacers teammate Myles Turner.
Play stopped with 6:39 left in the first quarter with the Indiana Pacers trailing the Los Angeles Clippers 17-16 as a bat swooped down, via the Indy Star. Play resumed after about 4 minutes — without catching the invader.
The bat returned to court level midway through the third quarter and the Pacers leading 85-61 but soon headed toward the ceiling.
As Samurai Myles i have failed Indy on the conquest to apprehend the …. we’ll take a W instead! pic.twitter.com/nVOqXb1lGp— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) February 8, 2019
Hey @spurs and @SpursCoyote, can we get a little help here? pic.twitter.com/d9NtVlQ0XJ— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 8, 2019
Told y’all. A bat is in the house #PacersClippers pic.twitter.com/8VyWajsfI6— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) February 8, 2019
The Pacers players attempted to ground the bat with some aggressive kicks, only to see their efforts thwarted by the agile and evasive winged mammal.
The Bat came back and Bojan Bogdanovic literally tried to kick it out pic.twitter.com/g54p0hYwcS— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) February 8, 2019
This of course is not the first time a bat has interrupted an NBA game. Manu Ginobili famously showcased his bat-wrangling talents during a San Antonio Spurs game back in 2009 — on Halloween, no less — something that landed him a job offer from a pest control company upon his retirement last season.
It did not occur during an actual game, but then-Los Angeles Laker D’Angelo Russell also was once spooked by a bat that interrupted a practice.
As far as the efforts out of Bogdanovic and Turner Thursday night are concerned, though, at least they gave bat-wrangling — or more accurately, bat-booting — a shot.