It's a question philosophers have pondered over throughout the ages: Can something be considered a Dunk of the Year candidate if it isn't, strictly speaking, a dunk? Well, while you mull that one over, Socrates, I'll be over here watching, re-watching and re-re-watching Blake Griffin taking flight, cocking the hammer and literally throwing it down on Kris Humphries during the third quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' Wednesday showdown with the Boston Celtics at Staples Center:
Well, then. OK, Blake. Tell us how you really feel.
On one hand, sure, credit Humphries for standing his ground (albeit from just inside the charge circle), for kind of getting up to contest the shot and for not being afraid to get rung up in the service of protecting (or at least thinking about) protecting the rim. On the other, well ...
Blake !!!!!!! Really!!!! God damn!!!!! Ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) January 9, 2014
Yeah. What he said.
Let's focus in for a second on DeAndre Jordan's reaction to Griffin throwing down over Humphries:
Griffin finished with a game-high 29 points on 9 for 14 shooting, eight assists (including this honey of a full-court outlet pass for a DeAndre Jordan dunk), six rebounds and two steals in 41 minutes as L.A. hung on to beat Brad Stevens' feisty Celtics, 111-105, to five Clippers coach Doc Rivers his second win in as many tries over his old team. Jamal Crawford added 26 points (albeit on 26 shots), Jared Dudley pitched in 18 on 7 for 11 shooting, and Jordan provided his 16th double-double of the season (11 points, 13 rebounds) to improve the Clippers to 2-1 since All-Star point guard Chris Paul separated his right shoulder.
The backcourt of Avery Bradley (24 points on 10 for 18 shooting, four rebounds) and Jordan Crawford (24 points on 7 for 17 shooting, eight assists, five turnovers) led the way for the Celtics, who have now lost six straight games and nine of their last 10 to fall out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference. Humphries fouled out with 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter, having scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished four assists.
Video via GIFD Sports.
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