HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Your legend is safe Timofey Mozgov.
Thanks to the offensive foul called on Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin on this dunk over Suns center Marcin Gortat last night, you can rest easy knowing that you remain Griffin’s most famous victim this season.
Despite Griffin’s protestation to the contrary, Steve Javie felt that Gortat was in place before Griffin elevated over him for the Dunk of the Year (that wasn’t).
For the record, Griffin did take off a good foot and a half from the circle underneath the basket. Gortat was just happy to come away without any cuts or bruises.
“I was just standing there, and I hoped he wasn’t going to crush my face,” he said. “I think it was a good charge. I think it was the right call.”
Suns coach Alvin Gentry didn’t care that the dunk was wiped out by the charge. He also didn’t complain much about Griffin fouling out on the play, with more than four minutes to play in a tight game. But he knows a monster dunk when he sees one.
“That might be as impressive of a dunk as I have seen in the NBA in 23 years,” Gentry said. “I don’t care if it was a charge. … That might be the best dunk he’s had since he was in the league.”
LAS VEGAS – Washington’s Lester Hudson hit the game-winner, but JaVale McGee brought down the house with the best dunk yet in Vegas.
With the Wizards rallying in the fourth quarter, McGee got into the lane and rose up over New Orleans’ Kyle Hines, posterizing the rookie with a one-handed, Statue of Liberty dunk. Hines was called for the foul as McGee and his teammates whooped it up, bumping chests as the crowd roared.
“I surprised myself to tell you the truth,” said McGee, who finished with 29 points and eight rebounds in the Wizards’ 90-89 win. “I felt like the rim was at my waist. I just went up there and dunked it and I was just really excited. I feel like it was a momentum changer.”
McGee called it his best posterization of his young career.
“Even though it’s Summer League, I’ll take it. No. 1, no doubt,” McGee said.