Posted January 09, 2014

Video: Clippers’ Blake Griffin throws down poster dunk on Celtics’ Kris Humphries

2013-14 Dunk of the Year, Ben Golliver, Blake Griffin, Boston Celtics, Kris Humphries, Los Angeles Clippers

Clippers forward Blake Griffin threw down a poster dunk over Celtics forward Kris Humphries during Los Angeles’ 111-105 home victory on Wednesday.

The Clippers led 74-72 with four minutes left in the third quarter when Griffin received a bounce pass from Jamal Crawford that split two defenders. Griffin caught it just inside the free throw line and immediately stepped into a soft spot in Boston’s defense as Humphries prepared to contest the shot just inside the protected circle. Sensing what was about to happen, Humphries leaned into Griffin as he elevated, slowing Griffin’s horizontal momentum slightly.

Knowing that he couldn’t complete a traditional dunk, Griffin decided to fling the ball into the basket because there was too much separation between his body and the hoop. The ball went through, and Griffin was awarded a free throw for the contact from Humphries as well.

DeAndre Jordan could only put his hands on his head in amazement after witnessing the slam. (Jordan had a big dunk of his own against Boston. Griffin and Jordan rated each other’s slams after the game.)

Here’s a look at two freeze frame moments from Griffin’s poster.

(Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Blake Griffin dunks over Kris Humphries. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Here’s the sideline angle.

Blake Griffin dunks over Kris Humphries. (NBA)

Blake Griffin dunks over Kris Humphries. (NBA)

The 2011 Slam Dunk Contest champion joins a growing list of “Dunk of the Year” candidates, which includes Lakers guard Xavier Henry, Celtics forward Jeff Green, Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson, Magic guard Victor Oladipo, Pistons forward Josh Smith and Heat forward LeBron James twice (over Ben McLemore and over Paul Millsap).

Griffin finished with a game-high 29 points (on 9-for-14 shooting), six rebounds, eight assists and two steals for the Clippers, who moved to 25-13. Crawford added 26 points (on 8-for-26 shooting), six assists and two rebounds.

Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford each scored 24 points for Boston (13-23), which has lost six in a row.

Video via YouTube user NBA

23 comments
KobeB
KobeB

Branden- I read your comment.  It would have been a better comment if it had any connection to the play at hand.  I'm not sure if you've played in the post before, but in the crowd, you need at least a mil-second to set and jump.  Humphries had just switched directions and by the time he realized what was happening, he had no time to jump.  And no, you're right that it wasn't a charge (actually, I never said that it was- you're reading in something from nowhere)- but Griffen did push off (but that's almost never called anymore anyway).  You'll need some butter for your toast:)

aaron.chavez
aaron.chavez

Sick of all these announcers calling it a dunk.

If you don't touch the rim it's not a dunk.

duckfan59
duckfan59

To add insult to injury Griffin whispered "Kardashian" to Humphries after the dunk.
Ugliest Celtic uniforms ever, by the way.

mailbrown
mailbrown

not a dunk.  just more of Griffin climbing on people and throwing the ball.

pipdmx33
pipdmx33

Nice play, but it's not a dunk. And good for Humphries for challenging the shot.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

dam, this guy can dunk.......as EVERY 6'8" guy. Now show him shooting foul shots or even a 10' shot. That would be something.  Or even playing DEFENSE

JulesG
JulesG

I kind of get tired of seeing shots that are literally thrown into the goal considered "dunks"...because they are not. And what's with the Media playing up the concept of the dunker, who is only celebrated when he dunks on someone, going against the defenseless player who just happened to be in the way AND someone people love to dump on because of who he was married to? It almost reminds me of seeing my kids get excited over something silly like someone slipping while someone is dribbling because they just got "crossed up"...but these are ADULTS! Not impressed with the play and I wish the Media would stop with trying to find negative things to report about in sports to create a buzz.

C.E.Daly
C.E.Daly

Just out of curiosity, how is this not a foul on at least one of the players?

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Doc Rivers has taken full credit and cashed in on Tom Thibideaus title in Boston - way to go Doc, you fooled everyone into thinking you're a coach - kinda like Lawrence Frank,Keith Smart,Ty Corbin,JasonKidd.

joshua33nelson
joshua33nelson

This play is not impressive to me.  I'm surprised Humphries didn't lay him out.  Griffin would have cried for a week.

wynnosu
wynnosu

I would think after his "marriage" to the skank Kim Kardashian, this would be pretty far down Humphries' list of embarrassing moments.

KobeB
KobeB

This is so stupid!!  Whenever a guy goes in for an easy dunk, and someone steps up to challenge him, then if it goes in, you get to hear the geniuses say that he "posturized him."  What a bunch of lunkheads.  

Humphries had 2 choices: If Humphries simply didn't contest it, none of the dufus sportscasters/sportswriters would say a word.  However, if he doesn't contest it, it's a sure 2 points.  On the other hand, if he contests it, there's a chance that it won't go in, but a much bigger chance that it will. The clincher is that if it does go in, these morons get on the case of the guy who did his job.  That's why b-ball's turning into a stupid sport.  The idiot sportscaster says about Humphries "Humphries wants to go and hide somewhere." Why should he?  The guy did his job- because of these lunkheads, however, most just get out of the way..

Mike D2
Mike D2

@mailbrown he does get away with using his forearm to shield and push up off the defender a lot. not that the dude can't jump out of the building, just sayin. 



Mike D2
Mike D2

@WHO*IS*ESPN or a highlight of him playing with his back to the basket, you know like power forwards are supposed to be adept at doing. 

Mike D2
Mike D2

@C.E.Daly If it was the playoffs it would have been a foul on Humphries. Home game + star treatement = foul in the NBA. 

BrandenVader
BrandenVader

@KobeB  his job is to stop the play, at least jump so he could possibly block the shot instead of being lazy, not commit a foul and not contribute to an and 1. 


Then he would have been on Sports Centers top plays with a caption that says. "Humphries: Posterize Not Today". 


But he put himself in the way, and got roasted just like you and your argument. NEXT!


PS: Don't even try mention a charge because his feet weren't set and  his left foot was in the restricted area. 

willhouse1978
willhouse1978

@BrandenVader@KobeB  

No, I agree with KobeB.  This dunk isn't that great and shouldn't be celebrated.

I agree that defenders should be jumping to try and block dunk attempts, but they don't always have time.  Additionally, the whole notion of posterizing has scared off players from trying to contest the shot and as such we should celebrate defenders who actually block dunk attempts. Dunking the ball while someone is standing on the ground in front of you is not much harder than dunking the ball with no defender.  Countless players have demonstrated that it's possible to dunk while jumping over things.

In the other linked "dunks of the year" In only one case (Oladipo) did the defender even jump to contest the shot. Maybe the defenders would be on the poster, but I wouldn't consider them being "dunked" on if they don't even attempt to block the ball.

StingClaw
StingClaw

lf l am a coach of ANY pro team, l would not want anyone with that kind of mentality. You are a PRO player, you should give your 100% EVERY time! Yes, there's a chance you will be scored on, but there's also that chance you will stop the other guy from scoring, l'll take that chance anytime. That 2 points could eventually be the game winner, and you chose to be weak and a coward for fear of being 'posterized'. You are not on my team!

the_clay_bird
the_clay_bird

@willhouse1978@BrandenVader@KobeB

What is the percent chance that you're really going to get in and block that dunk? pretty small even for a big guy like Humphries.  If you are going to try and be the hero to save 2 points, you gotta live with the fact that your a** isgonna be on repeat on SC in the morning while you get roasted for the poster you got yourself in.

If you're ok with that then I guess go ahead and go jumping at those flying lebrons and griffins.  good luck with that