Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Ball Don't Lie

Rudy Gobert thinks about blocking Blake Griffin’s dunk, thinks again, gets banged on (Video)

Dan Devine
Ball Don't Lie

View photo

.

Stay down, rook. (Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images)

Reaction time is everything in the NBA. It can mean the difference between being able to slide over a screen and getting plastered by the pick, breaking up a pass that starts a fast break and giving up an uncontested layup, beating the buzzer and coming up just short ... or steering clear of a posterization and finding yourself smack dab in the middle of one. Just ask Utah Jazz rookie center Rudy Gobert, who received an up-close-and-personal introduction to Bullet Point No. 1 on the Los Angeles Clippers scouting report on Wednesday night:

As you can see in the clip, Gobert reacts to the lapsed pick-and-roll coverage by point guard Scott Machado and recently re-upped power forward Derrick Favors by rotating off of Clippers center DeAndre Jordan to stop the ball. Just one problem, though: When Blake Griffin has received the ball from Chris Paul within hailing distance of the hoop, the ball doesn't stop; it soars.

At that point, Gobert's instincts kick in — after all, the Frenchman is a 7-foot-1 shot-blocker who claims to reside in "Swat Lake City" — and he elevates to contest the shot. Almost as soon as his feet leave the floor, though, he realizes what who is coming at him and what is about to happen to him — namely, becoming the next contestant on that Mozgov-ing screen — and he gets a pretty severe case of T-Rex arms. This, of course, does not help prevent the delivery of a very loud and forceful dunk directly in his face ... but it at least makes it more likely that we won't remember this particular Blakening years down the line.

Sure, Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin would likely prefer that his rim protector actually followed through on his intent to, y'know, protect the rim. You have to be at least a little bit impressed with the way Gobert processed the information there, though — a kinda-sorta veteran move from a rookie, when you think about it, even if the result still didn't work out so great for him. We can only wonder if his elder Utah teammates will decide that Gobert merits more rookie hazing as a result of the blockus interruptus, or if they feel that the dunk itself was punishment enough.

Gobert did block five shots and grab 12 rebounds in 20 minutes of playing time in the Clippers' 103-99 preseason win over the Jazz. Griffin scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in 24 minutes of playing time through three quarters.

Video via the NBA.

- - - - - - -

Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL and "Like" BDL on Facebook for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Basketball
View Comments (27)

Recommended for You

  • LeBron James Didn't Eat Sugar, Carbs, Or Dairy For 67 Straight Days, Lost 'A Ton Of Weight'

    @kingjames The "Skinny LeBron" photo that started it all. LeBron James shared new details of the diet that saw him lose more than 10 pounds this summer, and it sounds even more extreme than we realized. James told reporters at his Nike sneaker event in Oregon that he cut out everything except meat,…

    Business Insider
  • WWE News: Cesaro Signs Were Confiscated At Night Of Champions?

    Cesaro signs were confiscated at Night Of Champions, according to multiple fan reports as noted by Wrestling Inc. While the company has a history of

    The Inquisitr from RSS
  • The Microsoft Engine That Nailed The World Cup Is Predicting Every NFL Game — Here Are Its Picks For Week 4

    REUTERS/Mike Blake Microsoft's Cortana went 10-6 in its NFL picks in Week 3. Cortana, the Windows phone virtual assistant that's using a Bing Predicts algorithm to predict every NFL game, is now 29-19 on the year. It's a good record but not a great

    Business Insider
  • Tweet of the Day: Jon Jones mourns the loss of his Nike deal

    Never one not to seize a trolling opportunity, Jones released a video showing his reaction to the loss of his Nike deal. Safe to say, Jones looks utterly devastated by the loss of his Nike shoe deal here. It's never easy to have one's dirty laundry aired out in public, as Jones was forced to admit…

    SB Nation
  • A medical look at Ike Taylor's arm injury

    A medical professional digs into the common issues associated with the broken arm suffered by Steelers CB Ike Taylor, and gives his opinion on recovery time. Ike Taylor's arm met Lawrence Timmons' helmet, and not surprisingly LT's helmet won.

    SB Nation
    Sun, Sep 21
    Pittsburgh37 - 19Carolina
    Game Recap
  • Red Wings catch a break; Blues coach on hotseat; more training camp notes

    Good news out of Detroit this morning where it was learned that Pavel Datsyuk will be sidelined for only a week after he was hammered into the boards by Rob Scuderi in the Red Wings' 2-1 win over the Penguins.

    SI.com from RSS
  • Kyle Lowry: Raptors wanted me just as Steve Nash’s backup

    Kyle Lowry is infamously difficult to manage. He clashed with Jay Wright at Villanova before turning pro. He wore out his welcome in Memphis, and he had problems in Houston, too. Even in Toronto – where Lowry has found his most success – the arrangement

    NBC Sports
  • 'Big Brother' Host Julie Chen Breaks Down Season 16's Best Moves and Her Pick to Win

    The season was tame compared to last summer's controversial antics, though it lacked any substantial power moves or blindsides. There was some star wattage (Ariana Grande's older half-brother, Frankie Grande), a life-changing event (Jeff Schroeder and Jordan Lloyd's engagement) and a fair share of…

    Billboard
  • Man Told to Sell Lamborghini Golf Cart or Lose Wife

    RELATED: See photos of another great Lamborghini from 1999 – the Diablo GTR The 36-volt Lamborghini golf cart comes fitted with leather seats, which he confirms he will be sure to fart on as much as possible, as well an auxiliary charger, spare seat, manual, spare parts, and a headrest, which he…

    Boldride
  • Nets' three reasons for not re-signing Paul Pierce

    As the Nets decided whether or not to bring back Paul Pierce, three things eventually led to Pierce changing addresses from the nation’s biggest city to its capital: Roster composition, cost and timing. Nets general manager Billy King addressed Pierce’s departure for the first time Monday in Staten…

    New York Post from RSS
  • Denver's Brandon Marshall trolls fans who think he's Chicago's Brandon Marshall

    Many people have Brandon Marshall on their fantasy teams. Brandon Marshall was limited by an injured ankle in Monday night's game, catching only one pass for six yards. Many people took to Twitter to complain to Marshall, during the game, that he needed to get his act in gear and score them some…

    Shutdown Corner
  • Floyd Mayweather claims All Access is fake, including 'dog house' sparring and marijuana

    Floyd Mayweather threw Showtime and All Access under the bus today in a silly meeting with the Nevada commission. Floyd Mayweather rather pointlessly appeared in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission today to address concerns over some of the footage from Showtime's All Access that aired…

    SB Nation
  • Former Astro Jeff Bagwell prices Texas-sized home at $12 million

    Jeff Bagwell is taking another swing at offloading his mansion-estate in Houston. The former Houston Astros first baseman and 1994 National League MVP has listed his home at Memorial Villages at $12 million, down from $15 million a year ago. Modeled

    Los Angeles Times
  • Pastor Gets Rival Gang Members To Put Down Guns And Pick Up Basketballs, And The NBA Notices

    A midday basketball game on Chicago's South Side brought together an unlikely group of people Saturday. Churchgoers, NBA stars, community leaders and gang members all gathered for the third annual Chicago Peace League Basketball Tournament. "At first

    Huffington Post
  • Liverpool 2-2 Middlesbrough

    Penalty shootout goes to 30th kick 20 penalties scored in a row Liverpool won a record-equalling penalty shootout 14-13 to progress to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup at Middlesbrough's expense. After the match ended 2-2, it took 30 penalties before Boro winger Albert Adomah missed to send…

    BBC Sport from RSS
  • Dallas Mavericks unveil new crowd-sourced alternate uniforms

    These will kick in starting in 2015-16 and are the result of a project where Mavericks owner Mark Cuban solicited design ideas from fans. pic.twitter.com/OLYBzJNo3o — Bryan Gutierrez (@BallinWithBryan) September 23, 2014 Unveiling of the

    SB Nation
  • Remembering the time Hakeem Olajuwon and Antonio McDyess punched each other a lot

    Hakeem Olajuwon couldn't believe he got into that fight with Antonio McDyess. It shows none of us is immune." As for being fined and suspended, Olajuwon said, "I was happy the league did what it did." Asked his take on Olajuwon's position, Charles Barkley said: "Satan?

    SB Nation