The Houston Rockets came alive in the second quarter of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, and nothing made that statement louder than James Harden’s dunk on Draymond Green.
Midway through the second quarter, Harden blew threw the Warriors’ defense and then jammed on Green, who came over to try and make a play. Here’s a look at it.
RIP Draymond, damn James Harden pic.twitter.com/DpneYYmm4Q
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) May 23, 2018
It was a statement dunk and one that had some calling it the best of Harden’s career. Here’s a look at some of the reactions to the big dunk.
Joel Embiid unloaded a statement dunk in Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ series with the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
Late in the second quarter, Embiid took a sweet pass from Ben Simmons and went up for a huge dunk all over Aron Baynes:
VIDEO: Joel Embiid Poster Dunk on Aron Baynes pic.twitter.com/BjkBbixTOg
— 3030 (@jose3030) May 5, 2018
That dunk gave Philly a 44-43 lead in the second quarter. They carried that momentum into halftime with a 51-48 lead.
Giannis Antetokounmpo added to his career highlight reel with an insane dunk on Tuesday.
During the third quarter of the Bucks’ game against the Knicks, Khris Middleton threw an alley-oop to Antetokounmpo, who jumped completely over Tim Hardaway Jr. to finish the play. Take a look at the Greek Freak’s incredible athleticism.
The Greek Freak jumps OVER Hardaway Jr!! pic.twitter.com/auLCHgf79v
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 7, 2018
Here’s a view from a different angle.
— NBA (@NBA) February 7, 2018
Blake Griffin lit things up on Tuesday with another one of his amazing dunks.
In the first quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ game against the Utah Jazz, Griffin went hard to the basket and slammed on Rudy Gobert with what may have been his best dunk since the one on Mozgov.
— NBA (@NBA) October 25, 2017
It wasn’t just the way he dunked that was awesome; it was how Griffin just hung on the rim like a boss that also stood out. The comparisons to the infamous Prince sketch from “Chappelle’s Show” came right away — for good reason:
Atlanta is excited about rookie John Collins, whom the Hawks drafted No. 19 overall. Collins is a big man, and he played in the post during his two years at Wake Forest, but he has the athleticism to play with wings.
That athleticism was fully on display Wednesday afternoon at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Collins took a pass from the top of the key, charged to the basket, and posterized New Orleans’ Cheick Diallo and Keith Benson.
Have a look at the monster flush below:
JOHN COLLINS WE ARE NOT WORTHY!!! ? pic.twitter.com/3urJblnWfo
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) July 12, 2017
Talk about having springs for legs. The Hawks lost, 105-95, but Collins was a bright spot. He scored 25 points, shot 11-for-15 (!) from the field and snatched nine rebounds. Last year for the Demon Deacons, Collins averaged 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He was named first team All-ACC.
Though Collins fell out of the lottery, some analysts are speculating he can be an immediate-impact guy for the Hawks.
Not to get carried away following one dunk, but … can we please have Collins in the 2018 Dunk Contest?
The Greek Freak was at it again on Saturday night.
During the third quarter of Milwaukee’s game against Miami on Saturday, Giannis Antetokounmpo took off on a dunk from just inside the free throw line and soared in for the jam:
— NBA (@NBA) February 12, 2017
You saw that correctly: Antetokounmpo only needed one step after crossing halfcourt to complete that dunk. Awesome.
The only thing better than Wayne Selden Jr’s dunk on Baylor in the second half of Kansas’ Big 12 Tournament semifinal game on Friday was the reaction from Wayne’s uncle, Anthony.
Take a look at this monster jam by Selden on Baylor. The video gets even better as Selden’s uncle Anthony loses his mind in the stands:
Come for this amazing Wayne Selden dunk, stay for the AWESOME fan reaction lol pic.twitter.com/09kvBkjqfa
— Larry Brown (@LBSports) March 12, 2016
Of course the guy wearing the Flava Flav clock around his neck would react like that. That was awesome.
Here’s another angle:
He apparently bought the parts for the clock at the family dollar store.