There's a lot of activity going on in the minutes before an NBA game starts. Team and arena personnel are milling about and preparing for the beginning of the contest; players are on the court, getting up shots and trying to work up a bit of a lather before the opening tip; reporters are doing their final stand-ups to provide some on-scene color to the broadcast before throwing it back to the studio to get home viewers set for the night's action.
Sometimes, those last two things coincide ... and if you're not paying attention, that can be a bit painful. Hey, FOX Sports Ohio Cleveland Cavaliers sideline reporter Allie Clifton: Head's up.
Yes, of course it is funny to see someone get hit in the head with a basketball — and, if I may make a suggestion, it's even funnier to quietly say "Doink!" to yourself while watching it happen, over and over — but we've got to give a lot of credit to Clifton here. She didn't even flinch; she just kept on delivering her report. What a pro, and what a baller response to a viewer's post-doink tweet:
@JevonFrazier The game is in my blood - nothing gets me rattled. ;)
— Allie Clifton (@FSOAllieOop) November 14, 2013
THE GAME IS IN MY BLOOD. (She's not kidding, either — the pride of Van Wert, Ohio, starred at the University of Toledo, making 83 starts in her four-year college hoops career.) Kudos, Allie Clifton. Now go grab an aspirin, slug some water, and get back out there. I need to know what's up with Kyrie Irving after he got elbowed in the chops, and I now officially trust you more than anyone else on the scene.
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