It’s 1-1 in the Western Conference Finals as the Oklahoma City Thunder responded to their Game One loss with more great offense — I’m not sure the phrase “playoff defense” will, at any point, apply to this series — largely in part to James Harden’s beastly fourth quarter performance. Harden drained 10 crucial points in the deciding fourth as the Thunder held off the Mavericks, 106-100.
While Harden was indeed playing the role of closer quite successfully, the highlight of Game Two, however, was when Kevin Durant literally threw the ball down on Brendan Haywood. It wasn’t so much a dunk as it was a “get the **** out of the way” smash, something similar to Blake Griffin’s highly-celebrated throw down on the New York Knicks.
The difference being, Durant’s dunk came during the Conference Finals, making much more important than Griffin’s regular season offering.
Specifically, Gibson banged all over the face, head and body of Dwyane Wade as Chicago stomped the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals. While the Bulls’ defense told the story of the whipping, it was Gibson’s fantastic smash over Wade that set the tone. Twitter loved it, as did the rest of the Internet — save Heat fans, I’m sure.
Although, considering the bandwagon nature of at least some members of that stable, do their feelings count?
Joking aside, while Game One was indeed a dominate performance from the Bulls, it would be foolhardy to consider the Heat done. Surely the names “LeBron James” and the aforementioned Wade still resonate in the NBA, right? Expect Wade to be looking for some payback come Game Two. If he happens to smash on Gibson, all the better, no doubt.
As for the almighty Taj, his vicious destruction of Wade was not his only notable dunk of the night.
Look out below, there, Antonio Ballard, because there’s a Kansas Jayhawk-themed Mack Truck by the name of Marcus Morris — he of the Morris twins — heading directly for your head. Oops, too late. Ballard, like the rest of the Miami of Ohio Redhawks, got absolutely destroyed by Morris and his band of merry Kansas Jayhawks. The beating was so severe, the Miami players believe Kansas is a better team than the Duke Blue Devils.
Granted, with Duke’s freshman sensation Kyrie Irving on the shelf with a foot injury, coupled with how well the Jayhawks have been playing, it’s easy to see why people are taking a shine to Bill Self’s latest edition of Kansas basketball; and as long as the Jayhawks avoid three-point bombs from Ali Farokhmanesh, they should be fine.
While your fearless leader continues his transition to being a Kentucky resident once again, here’s a reminder of why this blog is such a fan of Blake ****ing Griffin. The word “beast” is overused in sports, much like most adjectives in the sports world, but it if there’s ever been a walking definition of what that word means in relation to athletes and their accomplishments, Blake Griffin does just that.
IntentionalFoul.com is back up and posting, and to celebrate our first day of the new launch, here’s DeMar DeRozan dunking all over Tyrus Thomas in what was the most impressive play of last night’s sports action. Granted, as a UK fan, seeing Tennessee and Louisville both lose at home to unranked teams was pretty grand as well, but neither game had anything as ferocious as DeRozan’s “Let’s make a poster with Tyrus Thomas” dunk.
Hell, even Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan had to acknowledge DeRozan’s one-play victory.
Yes, the “Dunk of the Year” field is fillingupratherquickly, but none so far have shined brighter than Shay’s. And you’re damn right, that pun was intended. Shine’s dunk was so bright, his assistant coach — Mike Balado — ran to Twitter to inform the masses.
Digression: Coach Balado follows the Kardashian sisters. For some reason, I find that humorously interesting.
My man-crush on Russell Westbrook is becoming an “epic proportions” situation, and thanks to fantastic performances, like the one he displayed against the New Jersey Nets, especially in overtime (all 13 of OKC’s points in the third overtime), makes it difficult to maintain objectivity when his name is mentioned.
To say Westbrook has quickly become my favorite NBA player is accurate, if not understated, and if he keeps scoring all of his team’s points in deciding overtime sessions, saving me from falling under his spell completely will be impossible. While I’ve known about Westbrook since his UCLA days, my man-crush didn’t take root until this past summer’s FIBA World Championship.
Now it appears there’s no turning back, at least for me. I think it’s safe to say I’m officially a lost cause when it comes to Russell Westbrook. Now, will this become something similar to the LeBron super fan discussed here a while back? Probably not, but don’t be surprised if you see me out in one of his jerseys, either.
It’s only December and we’ve already had a number of “Dunk of the Year” nominations in college basketball, and if it keeps up at this rate, there’s no telling what kind of dunks we’ll be seeing as the season progresses. In fact, I’m afraid we’ll lose track of these early season smashes, but then again, that’s what sites like us are here for. This latest “DotY” offering comes courtesy of Syracuse freshman, C.J. Fair, and while the dunk was his only basket, it was certainly a memorable one.
Unfortunately for Fair’s ego, his dunk didn’t make ESPN’s top plays, however. Frankly, I don’t remember 10 better plays yesterday, but then again, I didn’t see every little thing that happened in the sports world last night, thanks to the incredible Sons of Anarchy season finale.
One other interesting tidbit, while doing some quick research on Fair, I noticed he hasn’t recorded an assist yet, despite playing in all of the Orange’s seven games, and averaging 13 minutes a game. Granted, Fair is a 6-7 forward and isn’t being counted on as much as his more-tenured teammates, and because of that, he’s not as big of a component in the Orange’s set plays. Nevertheless, no assists in seven games is a bit surprising.