The Memphis forward hit a decisive three-pointer with 23.9 seconds left in Game 1 of the Grizzlies-Spurs series the day he had his second child.
Which came first, your winning shot in San Antonio or the delivery of your baby?
Shane Battier: The shot was when my wife was on the operating table. At about the seven-minute mark [of the fourth quarter], my wife is watching the game at home and stands up. We're six weeks out from the due date. She begins to hemorrhage. Our neighbor drives her to the hospital at 3:30 just as the game is ending. At 4:01 Eloise Susan Battier enters the world. After the game, Rudy Gay comes up to me and says, "You gotta get out of here. You're having a kid." I thought, O.K., that's funny. A little bit of a low blow. A little too soon. Let me enjoy my moment in the sun. Another buddy came up to me and said, "No, Shane, your wife, Heidi, is in the hospital." About four minutes later I'm on the road back to Houston. I make it back by 6:30 to see my baby girl.
Were you in full uniform when you drove to Houston?
SB: It would have been a great movie scene, but I got to shower.
Did you think you would be in the playoffs when the baby was born?
SB: No. You always hear stories about guys missing a playoff game or rushing home from a playoff game, and you never think that'll be you. So I had to laugh at the irony. I was that guy, and luckily it worked out perfectly. We had a 12 noon tip (CST) against San Antonio, three hours away from my home in Houston. If we had won our last game against the Clippers, we'd be playing a series in Los Angeles [against the Lakers], and there's no way I'm going to be home to be with my wife or see my baby. The fact we had that 12 o'clock tip in San Antonio was the ultimate blessing by the basketball gods.
Will you decorate the nursery with Memphis colors or Duke colors?