Willie Cauley-Stein added his nomination for college basketball’s dunk of the year with a major rim-rattler against Florida on Saturday.
Kentucky had its hands full with the Gators and trailed at halftime of the game, but they pulled it out 68-61, thanks in part to the momentum built off Cauley-Stein’s huge dunk.
The junior forward stretched out his Go-Go-Gadget arms on that dunk and finished with 13 points and five rebounds in the win. The monster jam helped him become the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter during the game.
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Baylor forward Johnathan Motley brought us what would have been one of the dunks of the college basketball season on Wednesday night, but he was called for a charge. It looks to me like Motley got robbed.
The victim, Kansas forward Jamari Traylor, was fortunate enough to draw the foul. It may not prevent him from ending up on a poster. Let’s take a look at the moment Motley began the process of the dunk:
As you can see, Traylor was nowhere near being in position when Motley picked up his dribble. He hadn’t even set his feet yet after Motley took his first step:
Traylor should have been called for a blocking foul. While that wasn’t quite as good as the dunk we saw from this Notre Dame player recently, Motley should have been awarded the slam and a free throw.
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Looking for a bright spot in a Los Angeles Lakers season that has been nothing shy of horrendous? Wesley Johnson has you covered.
Johnson, a fourth-year swingman out of Syracuse, posterized Danilo Gallinari on a fast break Sunday night. To make matters worse, Gallinari fouled Johnson and sent him to the free throw line.
And that, my friends, is probably the best thing that will happen to the Lakers this season. Yes, the Nuggets beat them.
The Houston Rockets took the San Antonio Spurs to school on Thursday, and one of the highlights of the game came in the third quarter when James Harden dunked on Aron Baynes.
Harden took a beautiful bounce pass baseline and then jammed all on Baynes’ grill. The dunk was enough to get the Rockets players up off the bench in celebration.
Unrelated to this play, this may be the Rockets’ year. They have a talented team and it’s the second year of Harden and Dwight Howard playing together. Plus they caught a nice break with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook being hurt. I would not be surprised if they made it to the NBA Finals and even won the whole thing.
The NBA season opened up for most teams on Wednesday night, and it didn’t take long for us to get our first highlight-reel dunk.
James Ennis, a second-year player for the Miami Heat out of Long Beach State, gave us one heck of a highlight with a nasty dunk on Rasual Butler in the second half of his team’s game against the Wizards.
Ennis got so high he nearly tea-bagged Butler:
It’s even better in slo-mo:
Most of us probably didn’t even realize Butler was still in the league. That’s probably not the way you want to remind everyone that you are.
Ray Allen had a pretty excellent Game 1 of the NBA Finals for the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs, and he was so good he may have even surprised himself a bit.
Allen got a steal late in the third quarter and raced up the court in transition. He shoved Marco Belinelli out of the way, and then he raised up for the huge dunk. Danny Green wanted no part of him.
Jesus proving once again that he still got game. And some funky eyes.
After spinning past Kevin Durant in the first quarter, Leonard went straight to the rack and powered over Serge Ibaka for a huge dunk.
This is nothing new for “Sugar K,” who also had a big dunk in Game 3 against OKC: