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Sunday, May 19th, 2013 at 12:58 pm  |  28 responses

Roy Hibbert Stuffs Carmelo Anthony at the Rim Late in Game 6 (VIDEO)

HUGE block.

With about five minutes remaining in Saturday night’s Game 6, Carmelo Anthony was driving baseline when a towering Roy Hibbert met him at the rim. Instead of floating the ball over the Pacers center, Melo opted to take it right at the big man, and, as you can see above, Hibbert was prepared.

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    the last angle. WOW

  • LLC#12

    Plays like that win games, If that dunk had gone down, Knicks would have gone 4 up and been fired up.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s really good that we have advanced to transparent backboards

  • pposse

    game changing play

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    I don’t want to wish any harm on anyone, but the fact that Roy walks away from that play without the slightest wrist injury speaks volumes to Melo’s 4th quarter desire and conditioning. Lebron would have probably broken Roy’s hand off.

  • RKJ92

    Preachhh

  • roscoe

    hibbert at the start of the season stated a goal of “being the best center in the L”…

    at the time i think we all subtlety chuckled, but could be in the top 3 to 5 depending on your argument.

    in any event, its great to see a guy call himself out and perform. good job roy.

  • pposse

    cause lebron never gets blocked at the rim..this is all simple physics see the 15 second mark on the clip below.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KF_5WfUXJc

  • robb

    Roy’s been playing great. Besides the way he protects the paint, I really like his footwork, post moves and also his tough mentality. That and the fact he’s 7’2 makes me believe he could be NBA’s best center IF he keeps working hard and improving. What a play. Meanwhile Tyson Chandler was nowhere to be found.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    he aint scared! lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    that angle is the greatest. thank goodness for transparent backboards

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    I mentioned Lebron because he’s next up (against Indy) but I could have easily mentioned a few other 6’8″ cats. Thanks for the vid but its hardly comparable. Honestly it looks like he’s too far from the basket to cram it anyway or to call it a block at the rim for that matter. Carmelo should have rammed that thing through at all cost.

  • pposse

    if you didn’t notice a basketball has a huge diameter; if you get your hand on the ball as clean as Hibbert did, the ball will dislodge before the force from Melo’s arm/hand will break any part of Hibberts body. The only one capable of doing something like that was Wilt Chamberlain (i believe he dislocated someones shoulder back in the day from the force of his dunk) but that was because he used leverage from his superior height against a shorter/ weaker ball player. Granted Lebron probably would have taken off from further away, but Hibbert would have still jumped, possibly get dunked on but more than likely just give Lebron a hard foul in that situation.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    P, I get all that and breaking his hand was more metaphoric. My gripe with Anthony is the way he chose to make his non-statement.

    I’m 6 foot and in my hay day I easily cleared the rim as much as Melo did. But when you’re going up against half a head plus wingspan you have to be a little more creative and smarter.

    Hibbert is literally under the rim and his block was somewhat of a desperate attempt at avoiding the made basket. If I’m Anthony and I want to make that emphatic statement then I would create body contact first followed by the dunk. You know, force Hibbert even further under the basket, possibly getting the and-one. Another option but slightly riskier was to reverse it, another way of creating space, this time using his rear end. He could’ve tried with 2 hands and make it a tea-bag moment. Or he could’ve foregone that statement and just floated or fingerrolled it over the hand as the article mentioned.

    That play was very important for the Knicks and Melo botched it. I’m a big Melo fan and when he’s on offensively it’s marvelous to watch but these weak 4th quarter showings have become frustrating to witness.

  • lights out

    please, someone explain me why ibaka stuffing lebron gets less hype than deandre jordan dunking on the 6’3” brandon knight.

  • pposse

    no i hear you; when i saw it live i thought he should have pulled up for a floater or like a short base line jumper; come to think of it a reverse would have been nice too and the proper play. Carmello’s best offensive move is a quick dribble towards the bucket then a jump shot, i’ve seen him kill people with that for years and had the opportunity to do that. Its like he jumped straight up wen he was too close to the basket. With all that said, Hibbert made a fantastic play, maybe it was a desperation attempt but he did his job.

  • pposse

    same reason there was no video of nate rob blocking Lebron

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  • Caboose

    Wilt dislocated the other dude’s shoulder by blocking him into the ground, basically.

  • Drig

    OMG.

  • Caboose

    It’s sh!t like that that makes me laugh when people say Wilt couldn’t play in today’s league.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    What I appreciate most is the block attempt. A lot of todays “big men” would have either let the dunk go, or tried to slide over and take a charge.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    One, he caught that dunk at the at the beginning of the descent, not right at the rim. Impressive block, but not the same sort of block that Hibbert made.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Yes, because there is a big consipiracy even though Nate’s block as all over the Internet and was a top ten play on Sportscenter. It’s always amazing how hate eliminates reason.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    I think you are shortchanging Melo. He clearly decided to take it at Roy. He was tired after carrying the team all game, and Roy made a sensational block. No more, no less. He didn’t even get up that high on the dunk. I mean, you could say it was a conditioning issue, but given the load Melo was carrying, anyone would have been tired at that point.

  • pposse

    why wasn’t it on slam?

  • Whodi

    If Melo ever was dedicated enough to stop eating 10 hot dogs a week and lose some of that 20% body fat and that belly he might jump 2 inches higher. His legs always buckle when he tries to explode. He’s 3 years away from Al Jefferson hops.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Do you consider Slam and exhaustive source of videos? Or if something doesn’t pop up on this site, do you believe it’s being suppressed? Because if that’s your standard, you are probably regularly miffed.

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