Remember all that worrying I did yesterday about Kobe Bryant’s foot/ankle? If Tuesday night was any indication, you can forget about it. Kobe’s okay. The Lakers beat the Hornets, 106-90, and now hold a 3-2 advantage in the series. More monster dunks right here if you’re interested.
Tyreke Evans dunked so hard on Gary Neal of the Spurs even he had to smile about it. His teammates were loving it, Tyreke had a sly grin, and the play-by-play announcer nailed it when he said “we’ll see you on every highlight reel in America, Mr. Evans.” Perfectly said.
Rodney Stuckey went straight Space Jam on Chris Bosh in the fourth quarter of Detroit’s loss to Miami Wednesday night. Much like JaVale McGee who had the block of the year in a loss on Tuesday night, it didn’t matter that the Pistons fell to the Heat because they won the highlight battle. And what does it say about skinny Bosh that Stuckey spotted the lane and blew by everyone from the three-point line? Obviously the threat of the Avatar did not deter Stuckey from taking it straight to the rack for a slam down.
The Miami Heat’s mini run of blowing teams out of the water came to and end Wednesday night when they lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder at home. The loss proved the Heat still have plenty to work on, but that didn’t stop Dwyane Wade from making sure the fans got somewhat of a show. His monster dunk on Kendrick Perkins, which was followed by the Cabbage Patch dance, was probably worth the price of admission to some. Check out the video, courtesy of SI Hot Clicks:
Hey, it certainly beats Tom Brady’s ponytail dance.
North Carolina beat Duke 81-67 Saturday evening in Chapel Hill to win the ACC regular season title. Freshman Harrison Barnes, who chose UNC over the Dukies, was a difference-maker scoring 18 points. His teammate Dexter Strickland wasn’t as big of a factor scoring just eight, but he put the exclamation point on the Tar Heels’ win with this monstrous dunk over Duke big man Miles Plumlee. Check out the video:
It was quite the turnaround season for the Heels who went 20-17 and 5-11 in the ACC last season. They’re 24-6 this season after going 14-2 in conference play and they should be a top three seed come tournament time. Oh yeah, and that change to Kendall Marshall as the team’s full-time point guard? It seems to be working out pretty well.
Trampoline dunks are always a great way to keep the fans occupied during timeouts and breaks at a basketball game. As fans, we’re normally in awe of how much practice it must take for these little acrobats to be able to spring themselves off a trampoline and dunk without breaking their necks. A member of the Phoenix Suns Sol Patrol came dangerously close to doing just that on Wednesday night.
The young man, whom Deadspin informed us is an ASU student named Nick Corrales, caught a little too much air on the trampoline and ended up dunking the ball and himself through the basket. You have to see it to believe it, so check it out:
Corrales is one lucky guy. If he had eaten one more meal the day that happened, they would probably have been plucking him out of the hoop with a cherry picker.
Once again, Blake Griffin shows why he was the No. 1 pick a year ago and the front-runner for the NBA Rookie of the Year. In last night’s Clippers victory over the Timberwolves, Griffin scored 22 points — none more impressive than these two:
Griffin added 10 rebounds to record his sixth-straight double-double. This dunk was one of three high-flying slams on the night by Griffin — bringing his season total to somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 highlight reel plays. A guy Griffin’s size — 6 feet 10 inches, 250 pounds — shouldn’t be able to do what he’s able to do, but he does it. Let’s keep our finger crossed in hopes that he does in fact participate in the dunk contest.
Thanks to youtube user RedBullgakov for the video.