February 03, 2011
At this point in the season, Blake Griffin's(notes) reputation as an aerial marauder is well-established. If he has a lane to the hoop or the ball's in the air for an alley-oop, the defender should probably get out of the way, because they're not going to out-jump him and can reasonably only hope to break up the play with a foul. Regardless of that logic, though, those who challenge Griffin should be praised for their bravery and honor in the face of certain defeat.
So give Kyle Korver(notes) some credit for this play from Wednesday night. Towards the end of the first half, with the Bulls up on the Clips 48-43, Randy Foye(notes) found Griffin for an oop on a fast break. Korver was running with Griffin and jumped up to deflect the pass, but, well, he's about 1 percent as athletic and was instead embarrassed mightily.
But this play would only contain a fraction of its current awesomeness if Korver had taken the coward's way out and let Griffin finish with no contest. He suffered so that we could experience more joy. If that's not a hero, I don't know what is.
NOTE: If the clip above isn't working for you, please feel free to watch the play courtesy of Ben Golliver.