caseyholdahl

Dec 20

VIDEO: Dunks Aplenty Against Nuggets

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, damianlillard, j.j.hickson, joelfreeland, meyersleonard, NicolasBatum, Nuggets

The Nuggets only made one shot from outside of 10 feet during Thursday night's 101-93 victory, which had a bunch of people excited for some reason. It's not uncommon for the Trail Blazers to be outscored in the paint (in fact, it's the norm this season), but being outscored in the paint 74-28 and still winning the game is impressive. And despite being vastly outscored in the paint, the Trail Blazers still managed a bunch of great dunks, such as the following ...

There was Damian Lillard's ridiculous dunk in the fourth quarter that help to ease the sting of a 3 for 14 night from the field for the rookie point guard. Once it became obvious that the dunk was inevitable, both Danillo Gallinari and Kosta Koufos opted to get out the way rather than end up on a poster.

Then there was Meyers Leonard probably got away with a travel but still managed to finish an impressive and-1 dunk. This slam got Meyers NBA "Dunk of the Night" honors, though it's only kind of a dunk (I'm one of those old cranks who believes your hand has to touch the rim for it to be considered a dunk) and Dame's was arguably more impressive. But hey, you've got to cut a rookie big man a break every now and then.

While it wasn't the most impressive dunk of the night, Ronnie Price's break away jam was certainly the most unexpected. Knowing the team needed the two points and sensing Ty Lawson closing ground, Price, who also had a rough night from the field, decided to remove all doubt and finish with the dunk. A wise decision.

JJ Hickson responded to the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge by turning in likely his best performance of the season with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Despite being blocked at the bucket on several occasions early in the game, Hickson never stopped attacking rim, as was the case in this impressive dunk off a well-timed bounce pass from Nicolas Batum.


And finally, we come to Joel Freeland, who started in the place of LaMarcus Aldridge. His dunk, which was made possible thanks to Koufos biting, if only for a moment, on a pump-fake from Freeland, was his only make of the game. But hey, the guy is playing with a torn ligament on the index finger of his shooting hand. Any production you get out of a guy playing with that kind of injury is gravy.

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