The NBA's reaction to a rare dunk from Danny Green: A drug test

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With Kobe Bryant on hand for the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, Danny Green threw down a putback dunk so vicious that the Lakers bench couldn’t contain itself.

The player widely known as one the NBA’s top sharpshooters had just delivered one of the best dunks of the season for a team that has LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee on its roster.

The Lakers couldn’t believe it, and neither could the NBA, possibly. Green tweeted Monday that after the game, the league’s drug testers came calling.

Green would go on to finish with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (3-of-6 from deep) and seven rebounds in a 122-101 Lakers win.

Obviously, this is all probably a coincidence. NBA rules dictate that players are subject to as many as four random drug tests during the season and the league probably picked Monday for the test in advance.

Dunks from Green are a relative rarity throughout his career. By Basketball Reference’s count, he’s thrown down only 48 since he entered the league, an average of 4.4 per season and .076 per game. Of course, he’s not incapable of posterizing players. Just ask Duke’s Greg Paulus.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17:  Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball as Allen Crabbe #33 of the Atlanta Hawks defends during the first half of a game at Staples Center on November 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
Danny Green doesn't dunk often. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

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