Kevin Love could only crack a joke and tip his cap after being humiliated by Ja Morant on Friday night.
Morant nearly went Vince Carter on Love with a huge dunk attempt in Friday night’s Memphis Grizzlies-Cleveland Cavaliers game. Morant raised up and just about jumped over Love’s entire body while going for the dunk. He did miss it though.
Few could even care that Morant missed the dunk. What mattered is the aggression and athleticism he showed on the play, and the simple willingness to challenge himself in that manner.
The Cavs won 114-107, while Morant had 8 points and 11 assists. Though his team lost, many would argue that Morant was the big winner — at least on social media.
17 seasons in the league and LeBron James is still throwing down huge dunks like he has the bounce of a 21-year-old.
James dunked on Sacramento’s Nemanja Bjelica during the second quarter of Friday’s Los Angeles Lakers-Sacramento Kings game, and the thunderous throwdown went viral:
James has looked great so far this season. His scoring is down to 23.9 points per game — the lowest mark since his rookie year — but he’s decided to lead the league in assists instead with 11.1 — a career-high mark by far. And he reminded everyone he can still dunk when he wants to.
Joel Embiid dunked on John Collins so hard Monday night and then punctuated things with a shimmy.
Take a look at this thunderous jam from Embiid in the third quarter of the Philadelphia 76ers’ game in Atlanta.
Collins shouldn’t let the play bother him. Anyone who tries to protect the rim will end up on a poster sooner than later. As for Embiid, when you throw down that hard, shimmying should almost be a requirement.
Embiid may not be doing as much talking on social media these days, but plays like that say everything he needs to.
Kawhi Leonard threw down a monster dunk in the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night in Toronto and did so on Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Kyle Lowry got a steal with just under seven minutes to go in the game and charged down court. He decided to stop in the paint and then give the ball to Leonard, who was his trailer. Kawhi then jammed on Giannis:
The huge jam had everyone in Scotiabank Arena fired up and put the Raptors up 87-79 on the Milwaukee Bucks. Keep in mind that Toronto was rallying back from being down by 15 points in the third quarter.
Toronto trailed for much of the game as they looked to close out the series and advance to their first ever NBA Finals. Coming back to take the lead in the fourth quarter gave them momentum, and the big dunk helped get the crowd even more into it.
Jaylen Brown continues to be Giannis Antetokounmpo’s worst nightmare.
Brown dunked hard on the Milwaukee Bucks during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday. He got Antetokounmpo too as the Greek Freak raised up to try and block him.
This was more of the same from Brown, who threw down a big dunk on Giannis during Game 1 of the series, which the Boston Celtics won in a blowout. Brown dunked on Giannis that time by cutting to the basket and getting a feed. This time, he just went directly to the hoop himself and got the big bucket.
The former No. 3 overall pick is having a nice postseason for the Celtics, averaging 13.2 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting. It’s easy to boost the percentage when you’re just dunking on everyone.
No player in the NBA is better than Giannis Antetokounmpo at making opponents look bad at the rim, but the Milwaukee Bucks star was given a taste of his own medicine during Game 1 against the Boston Celtics on Sunday.
With the Celtics looking to build upon a big lead early in the fourth quarter, Brown cut to the basket and was on the receiving end of a beautiful pass from Gordon Hayward. The only player with a chance to stop Brown from getting to the rim was Giannis, but Brown finished the dunk anyway. He then stared down The Greek Freak.
Antetokounmpo struggled from the jump against Boston, with Celtics big man Al Horford playing incredible defense against him. If that continues for the remainder of the series, it won’t matter how many of his patented acrobatic dunks Giannis can throw down. The Bucks need him at his best.
Zion Williamson gave us the highlight of the NCAA Tournament, no surprise.
Williamson threw down a monster alley-oop in the second half of Duke’s Sweet 16 game against Virginia Tech to make it 58-52:
The alley-oop was reminiscent of one thrown down by former Duke star Grant Hill in 1991:
The best part is Hill was calling the game for CBS.
Williamson also had an awesome block earlier in the game.
Ja Morant didn’t quite pull a Vince Carter, but he wasn’t far off.
Morant had a monster game in Murray State’s first round matchup against Marquette in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, dominating across the board. His most emphatic play came when he dunked all over Joey Hauser early in the second half:
Morant recorded a triple-double in the game — the first in the NCAA Tournament since Draymond Green in 2012.
We knew he was a big-time player, but what’s impressive is that he showed up and did his best on the biggest stage.
DeMarcus Cousins got called for a technical foul during Saturday night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers for posing after a big dunk.
Midway through the third quarter, Cousins drove and dunked on Kyle Kuzma. He then stood over Kuzma with an intimidating pose — enough to get himself T’d up.
Kuzma was looking for a foul call on the play. Meanwhile, Lakers execs were probably worried about Kuzma’s status after that, just hoping he would be well enough to continue being a part of trade rumors.
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Zion Williamson remains the best show in college basketball.
The Duke freshman threw down a monster dunk in the first half of the Blue Devils’ game against Virginia on Saturday. He grabbed a rebound on the defensive end and went coast-to-coast before throwing down:
Not only was his ability to press ahead on the fastbreak impressive, but he also got fouled hard on the arm and still managed to stuff it down hard.
Williamson entered the game averaging 21.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 2.0 steals per game all while shooting 66.2 percent from the field. He’s a monster.