Jordan puts in bid for dunk of the year
by Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY Sports
DeAndre Jordan might have taken the Los Angeles Clippers’ dunking crown, if only for a moment.
With a comfortable lead in the second quarter Sunday against the Pistons, Chris Paul set up the center with an alley-oop pass normally reserved for Blake Griffin. Then Jordan, already rolling to the basket at full speed, rises up and extends over Pistons guard Brandon Knight, who gets knocked to the floor.
And as an exclamation point, Griffin steps over Knight as Paul gives him a congratulatory shove.
Staples Center featured so many great reactions, but here are the power rankings of the most notable responses:
1. Children celebrating at :20. It’s as if they’ve been transported into the second half of any given Harlem Shake video. Everyone should have something in their lives that makes them this happy.
2. DeAndre Jordan’s face at :26. Someone has been studying McKayla Maroney. (GIF courtesy of @cjzero)
3. Blake Griffin and the Clippers’ bench at :27. If Griffin has dunker’s envy, he’s hiding it well.
4. Vinnie Del Negro. Ugh. Not even a smirk as he attempts to brush Griffin back and move the game along. It’s as though he thinks there’s still another half left.