Video: Pacers’ Gerald Green dunks on Hawks’ Josh Smith
Make no mistake: Gerald Green isn’t a “Slam Dunk Contest dunker.” He’s just a dunker. An awesome, excellent, all-around dunker.
Yes, the Pacers swingman can hold his own on All-Star Weekend, breaking out gimmicks like the “Cupcake Dunk” or the “No-Shoes Dunk,” but Green is just as capable of creating a traditional poster as anyone, even if he hasn’t always had the playing time to prove it.
With a bit more than six minutes remaining in the second quarter of a 113-98 Game 2 victory over the Hawks, Green received the ball on the right wing and wheeled to beat Jeff Teague to the baseline. Al Horford dropped down to provide a secondary level of defense but that hardly mattered, as Green was driving hard to the hoop and had already turned the corner. Sensing an uncontested opportunity at the rim developing for Green, Josh Smith dove into the paint and rose with both arms extended in an attempt to block the dunk attempt. That didn’t work out so well, as Green jumped over and through Smith’s defense to smoothly finish the one-hand stuff.
Green finished with 15 points (on six-for-11 shooting) and two rebounds in 27 minutes. Paul George scored a game-high 27 points (on 11-for-21 shooting) and added eight rebounds, three assists and four steals for Indiana. Devin Harris led Atlanta with 17 points (on six-for-10 shooting), four rebounds and four assists.
This poster over Smith vaulted Green into the discussion for top dunk of the 2013 playoffs, joining teammate Roy Hibbert, who posterized Ivan Johnson earlier in Game 2, and Warriors forward Harrison Barnes.
Indiana, the Eastern Conference’s No. 3 seed, now holds a 2-0 series lead over Atlanta, the No. 6 seed. The series shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 on Saturday.