Against the Warriors on Monday night, Blake Griffin was shocked to find himself left all alone about five feet from the basket, but he recovered in time to throw down a Dunk Contest jam.
Hat tip to Citizen CBowen who posted this in the FanShots, but this one definitely deserves it's own video post here because this was one of the funnier players I can remember on a basketball court.
For a brief moment, Blake Griffin was triple teamed, and then all three Golden State defenders left him to return to their original assignments. This breaks a cardinal defensive rule of course -- never leave the ballhandler. Jeremy Tyler (who had a nightmare of a game) was the most culpable. He began the play defending DeAndre Jordan, but when Chris Paul drove to the basket, Carl Landry rotated off of Griffin to stop Paul. Tyler made the right move next, which was to rotate to Griffin on Paul's pass. Why he then decided he needed to find Jordan again (Landry had already picked DJ up) is beyond me. It's one thing to think to yourself "Someone else has Griffin, I need to get back to my guy." But the other two Warriors in the vicinity were Jarrett Jack and Kent Bazemore, both guards. If you're Jeremy Tyler, (a) you don't leave Griffin, (b) you don't leave Griffin, (c) you don't leave Griffin to be defended by a couple of guards and (d) you don't leave Griffin. It was the equivalent of the town sheriff saying to the school marm "You've got these bank robbers handled right? I'm going to head over to the saloon and see what's happening over there."
Ralph Lawler was so taken aback by the play that he first attributed it all to a Griffin ball fake. There was no fake -- the defenders all just turned and scurried away, giving the best dunker in the NBA an uncontested dunk.