Back in January, Blake Griffin dunked on Oklahoma City Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins with the force of a thousand hammers. It's one of the top highlights of the NBA season, right up there with the time Rajon Rondo invited Greg Stiemsma to go bowling. (They both got turkeys!)
As great as Griffin's dunk was, though, he didn't execute it on OKC's best shot-blocker — that would be Serge Ibaka, who's also the NBA's top shot-blocker by far at 3.55 per game and the owner of two double-digit block games this year (one highlight clip here). As if to make up for that hole in his resume, Griffin dunked all over Ibaka midway through the third quarter on Wednesday night, taking the pass from Chris Paul and throwing it in over the defender. Add one more name to Griffin's list of victims. (Pau Gasol, of course, was the most grisly incident.)
Then again, embarrassing moments like this one are part of Ibaka's job description — in February, he was on the business end of a similarly brutal Josh Smith dunk. Sometimes shot-blockers look silly. Chances are, though, that they'll return the favor soon enough.
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