We've already touched on a few of the big items from Wednesday's 10-game NBA slate, but there were a few fun sleight-of-hand-type moments that we've yet to hit. (Such is the nature of trying to run down lots of what happened during all those hours of NBA basketball.)
So let's play a quick game of This or That? to revisit and compare said fun moments, with me saying which one I like best, followed shortly thereafter by you disagreeing. Sound good? Vámonos, y'all:
THIS: Stephen Curry turning an out-of-bounds save into a between-the-legs dime to trailing (and returning) swingman Harrison Barnes for a fast-break dunk in the Golden State Warriors' 106-93 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves:
THAT: Paul George's perfect no-look, tight-window bounce pass to set up a Luis Scola layup in the Indiana Pacers' 97-80 win over the Chicago Bulls:
THE OTHER: Gerald Green's "Whoops, you're beat" stop-and-go to blow past Manu Ginobili on the break and hammer home a dunk in the Phoenix Suns' visit to the San Antonio Spurs:
Devine's Verdict: SECRET OPTION NO. 4!
What would a trickery-themed This or That? be if I didn't come up with a sneak-tip surprise — in this case, the okey-doke that allowed Tony Parker to get free for a game-sealing layup to wrap up a 99-96 win over a very game Suns team:
After Parker hit a big-time elbow jumper to put the Spurs up by a point with 31 seconds left, the Suns came up empty on a trip that saw emerging star guard Eric Bledsoe (14 points, five assists, no turnovers in 30 1/2 minutes) slip and fall on a short jumper that San Antonio rebounded, quickly calling timeout. On the ensuing sideline out-of-bounds play, Gregg Popovich had his non-inbounders running all over the place — Danny Green sprinting to the backcourt, Manu Ginobili streaking around staggered screens to the near corner then doubling back toward half-court, Marco Belinelli running high and away for a cross-court release, etc. — and the young Suns tied to those men dutifully chased them all around the court.
The trick, though, came with Parker turning and following in Ginobili's wake immediately after Manu passes. He then gets a screen from Belinelli and, while everybody else is looking away from the San Antonio basket at all the Spurs who ran toward the backcourt, he curls toward it, where Duncan hits him with a lead pass for an easy layup that makes it a 3-point game with 12 seconds remaining, forcing the Suns to try buzzer-beating long-balls that came up short. S-M-R-T, Pop, Tony and Tim. "The Brain" would be proud.
At least, that's what I think. Let's hear your This or That? choices, whether in the comments or in one of the multiple social options below.
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