Needless to say, Sunday afternoon's pounding at the hands of the Toronto Raptors wasn't a whole lot of fun for the L.A. Clippers. The bench was completely overwhelmed, and the starters weren't able to undo the mess they made. It was a game to forget.
So, as a coping mechanism, let's remember the better days. Let's hop into our time machine and go way back to, oh, last Friday, when the Clippers embarrassed the Knicks 116-88 at Madison Square Garden. DeAndre Jordan led Los Angeles with 20 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the floor in just 30 minutes. In true D.J. fashion, all seven of those buckets were slam dunks. He's the league leader by a wide margin in this category, having flushed 128 of them already this season. Second is Anthony Davis, with just 93 slams. Let's watch a few of them, shall we?
Three of those D.J.'s jams against the Knicks came on consecutive plays, which may have led to the frustration that eventually got Robin Lopez ejected. We'll start with the first of those three, which was a putback right over the head of Carmelo Anthony:
The second dunk is FANCY. D.J. slips the pick on Chris Paul's defender, leaving Kristaps Porzingis in his dust in the process. CP3, the good basketball man he is, knows where to find the flying DeAndre:
Porzingis was actually at fault for all three of these. He wound up out of position after attempting to challenge Paul's shot on the first, lost track of Jordan on the second, and was unable to recover in time to halt D.J.'s path on the third. Here's that third one:
This was the 3rd, and most impressive, one. pic.twitter.com/Pb3ir7bsai— Clips Nation (@ClipsNationSBN) January 23, 2016
Dunk No. 4 is a bit different. The Clips found themselves on the break (something they haven't been able to do much with Blake Griffin sidelined), and Jordan beats everyone down the floor. CP3 again delivers a perfect lob that Jordan throws down with his off hand at full sprint. Unbelievable:
Yeah, I think we can say that DeAndre Jordan is an elite dunker. pic.twitter.com/AEx3g541ai— Clips Nation (@ClipsNationSBN) January 23, 2016
Feel better now? Dunkin' D.J. and the Clips will try and get back into the win column Tuesday in Indianapolis when they take on the Pacers.