I missed this while out of the office Sunday and Monday, so you'll have to forgive me for engaging a late pass to say: Cool defense, Steve Blake. Really inspiring stuff during the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 102-96 Sunday afternoon loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
It's just that kind of hard-nosed play that inspires teammates and fans alike to gird their loins and race into battle. You've got to be willing to take a shot to deliver a shot, and as you proved on this Hamed Haddadi drive, you are definitely willing to stand your ground and take the heat. Except that this clip shows the exact opposite of that. That's OK, though — judging by your field goal and 3-point percentages, you're not doing super great at delivering shots, either, so maybe this is just truth in advertising.
(For what it's worth, Lakers fans, Blake takes an average of 0.41 charges per game, according to Hoopdata, which is actually just ahead of the 0.40 taken by the dearly departed Derek Fisher.)
More than anything, though, it's just mind-blowing that someone would be this afraid of Hamed Haddadi. Seriously: Look at this and tell me that's someone you'd want to dive away from. If anything, Blake should have just tried wrapping him up; it probably would have resulted in an adorable hug.