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Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  18 responses

Blake Griffin Dunks on Ricky Rubio (VIDEO)

Steal, fake, slam.

After making a ball fake, Blake Griffin rose above Ricky Rubio for a monster finish. Griffin finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds, as the LA Clippers beat Minnesota 120-116.

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  • Respect

    They just gon let him blatantly travel like that

  • spit hot fiyah

    First time watching the nba?

  • spit hot fiyah

    10-11 from the line for Blake, i think he figured it out. Almost up to 70% on the season

  • http://RAPTORS.COM/ BRAVO

    Dunk of the year? Let’s settle down now.

  • Respect

    No, that’s why I know it was a travel

  • patrick

    was no travel at all imo..was 2 steps exactly imo

  • spit hot fiyah

    lawler and smith are off the hook. they probably think the clippers have the best 12 player sin the history of the nba on their roster right now.

  • http://RAPTORS.COM/ BRAVO

    Lol well yeah thé Clippers are exciting to watch.

  • Lloyd

    Awww Ricky! That defense was precious. It’s like watching a toddler trying his hardest while wrestling with his dad.

  • The Fury

    The emergence of Aldridge and the continuing stat buffering of Love kind of covers up what’s Blake been doing this season, he has improve a lot and most people doesn’t realize it at all. I hope he keeps this up because I believe in this dude.

  • bubblecat

    Flop by Ricky.

  • spit hot fiyah

    agreed his improvement this year is kind of going unnnoticed

  • Isaaq Attack

    It’s going to be one long year

  • Scient

    I honestly find it funny that you, fans of NBA, consider defensive effort to be something to laugh at when someone gets “dunked on”. To me this shows that Ricky has balls, he is not afraid to contest the attempt against a much bigger, more physical guy. And it also was not a flop – Blake clearly hit him in the face with his other hand.
    This is what I think is the issue with the attitude towards NBA, both as fans and as players – and one of the reasons why the rules favor “showtime” basketball – defense is laughed at when someone is near a dunk or someone’s ankles are broken with a crossover. That is such bull imho.
    Props for Ricky for contesting that dunk and while the dunk itself was nice, I clearly was not the best dunk of this year for Blake.

  • Lloyd

    You’re right. We should praise grown men for effort or weak actions rather than results. Every time an NBA level elite basketball players shoots an airball, he should be applauded and cheered because he wasn’t afraid to attempt the shot. Balls.

    I don’t know what video you watched, but there definitely wasn’t any clear indication of contact. If you decided that from Rubio’s reaction alone, then yes, there’s clearly contact to his face.

    Defensive effort is not laughable. Weak defensive effort that results in you getting embarrassed is. This was that. Everyone loves a big block or stifling defense. It’s highlight material, not laughable.

    As a competitor, you should be embarrassed if you’re showed up. Stop trying to change that, it’s not going to work.

  • Mike From Spain

    He tried to contest the dunk. Usually people who try to contest dunks and get dunked upon, are laughed at. As it is the case here. Yes, this is a case where it can be argued, trying is laudable, and not getting the desired stop against one of the best finishers in the league is not a weak result, it is par for the course. Would you rather not try? Now, shooting an airball is something completely different. You also seem not to know that Rubio is an above average defensive guard.

  • Scient

    Pretty much the kind of response I would expect from an average NBA fan. If its not a highlight reel play, its weak? Defense is 90% effort. Attitude like this – oh no, it wasn’t a highlight-reel worthy block, I will be laughed at now – is what affects that effort.
    I cringe every single time when I see someone driving to the lane and everyone just steps away. Sure, it would most likely be a defensive foul, but it would also send a message that you don’t give a shit and won’t just step away – you WILL get hurt when running into me.
    And your comparisons to shooting an airbrall are just pathetic, sorry.

    P.S – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI-srS0s3M0&feature=player_detailpage#t=17

    You have to be blind not to see contact there. Also, ironic that you whine about flopping when the one dunking is one of the silliest floppers around.

    Now get a clue please.

  • Lloyd

    He basically caught up beside him and jumped straight up beside him while Blake jumped past him. It was a weak contest. It had the same result as not jumping and he would have no reason to be embarrassed by it because as you said, Blake’s one of the better finishers in the league. He’s getting that 2 pts. So to summarize that, Rubio looks stupid jumping beside Blake with a weak defensive effort, and looks stupider because Blake finished strong making Rubio look inconsequential.

    Trying to wrap him up before he jumped is what I would rather have him do. This alternative is pointless so yes, for his sake, I’d rather him not try this. I mean it’s not like he was already back and jumped straight up to get in his way. He chased him down and jumped beside him. No point at all.

    The airball comparison was to show that effort alone isn’t something that should be applauded.

    And I never mentioned anything about Rubio’s defensive prowess, but that’s irrelevant in this situation. If anything, it further proves my point that if a casual fan were to rate Rubio’s defense based on this clip alone, he’d most likely receive a very low grade.

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