Friday, February 03, 2012


Much ado has been made over Blake Griffin's monstrous dunks, and they have become the benchmark for being 'posterized.'  For over a year, Griffin's dunk over Timofey Mosgov, then of the New York Knicks, has been the standard, and "Mosgov'd" became part of the NBA lingo:

Then, probably as a relief to Mosgov, Griffin's recent dunk over Kendrick Perkins has set a new standard - note how he uses his left arm to leverage himself right over Perkins:

And then last night, Mosgov, who is now a Nugget courtesy of the Carmelo Anthony trade, got the final word on Griffin.  At about the 30 second point in the video below, watch Griffin approach for another big-time slam, and watch Mosgov stop him cold.  From that point on, the Nuggets rolled and blew out the Clippers in LA.

But, the main focus of this post is a spectacular play by Rudy Fernandez of the Nuggets.  IMHO monster dunks should be EXPECTED from somebody who is 6 feet 10 inches, weighs 251 pounds, and can jump.  But Fernandez' play below requires a lot of skill, basketball smarts, and a bit of luck.  Time is running out at the end of the quarter, the in-bounded ball goes to Corey Brewer  who puts up a prayer that is way wide to the right - but watch how Rudy circles from the left, goes past the basket, and tips it in left-handed [Rudy is right-handed] with just a moment left on the clock.

Indeed, one of the best plays I have ever seen.

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