Posted February 19, 2014

Video: Greg Monroe levels Cody Zeller with ‘Block of the Year’ candidate

Ben Golliver, Charlotte Bobcats, Cody Zeller, Detroit Pistons, Greg Monroe

Pistons forward Greg Monroe leveled Bobcats forward Cody Zeller with a blocked shot during Charlotte’s 108-96 road win on Tuesday.

It’s not often you see a player “pancaked” in the NBA, but Monroe’s swat, which was ruled a jump ball by the officials, sent the 2013 No. 3 pick straight to the court.

With less than a minute remaining in the third quarter and Charlotte leading 79-65, a double-teamed Al Jefferson reluctantly passed the ball to Zeller, who was cutting along the baseline. Monroe came across the paint, blocking the shot with his left hand with such force that Zeller’s body immediately went from vertical to horizontal, with his arms slamming to the court. No foul was called on the play, which was nice work by the officiating crew given the force of the impact.

Here’s an animated look at the vicious replay.

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The swat didn’t stop the Bobcats from pulling off the big road win. Jefferson led the way with a game-high 32 points (on 15-for-28 shooting), 12 rebounds and seven assists and Zeller added one point (on 0-for-3 shooting), four rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes.

Brandon Jennings scored a team-high 24 points (on 7-for-18 shooting) and added seven assists for the Pistons. Monroe added 18 points (on 8-for-16 shooting) and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Charlotte improved to 24-30 with the win. Detroit dropped to 22-31 with the loss.

7 comments
Crapahoola
Crapahoola

Zeller added one point (on 0-for-3 shooting), four rebounds, one assist in 15 minutes"  . . . and a game check. 


Cody, why oh why did you leave early?  I know you're getting paid, but all of your highlights are actually low-lights.  So sad for Hoosier Nation.

DanAyd
DanAyd

Wowza, I can't believe a tenth of a second of contested possession equates to a jump-ball. My, my, how things have changed.

casualumberjack
casualumberjack

That was awesome, but can you have both a jump ball and a block at the same time?

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Crapahoola He's got a great job and a big paycheck.  Isn't that the idea of going to college?   For some reason I don't think that the feelings of your little nation are front and center for him.

Elgie
Elgie

@casualumberjack  Used to be a travel when you were blocked to the floor; it has been an automatic jump ball for quite a few eons.


Crapahoola
Crapahoola

@JoeCabot  I think the actual idea of going to COLLEGE is getting an EDUCATION.  It's like he took 2 years of Music in Bloomington, leaving school, and then turning into Psy and doing Gangnam Style.  He's making great money, but he's not very good at his job.