DeAndre Jordan is one of the NBA’s most ferocious dunkers. Jason Smith is not one of the NBA’s most fearsome rim protectors.
This will end in tears:
My word, DeAndre.
There is, perhaps, a bit of history behind the Los Angeles Clippers center’s Wednesday night tenderizing of the New York Knicks’ big man. Before he was toiling in relative obscurity for the circling-the-drain Knicks, Smith plied his trade in the Big Easy, picking-and-popping with the New Orleans Hornets. Back in 2012, Smith threw a flagrant and pretty dirty hip check at Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, one of the many big blows being laid upon the ascendant highlight-reel-creating star at the time, but Smith received no special punishment or discipline for his excessive shot. Clearly, revenge is a dish best served cold.
Jordan’s baptism of Smith was a pretty perfect capper to a first half that saw the skyscraping center call down some thunder on the Knicks early …
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… and often:
Jordan also saw fit to use his athleticism on the other end, doing his level best to recent Knicks addition Ricky Ledo as fervent a believer in his Defensive Player of the Year candidacy as Doc Rivers is:
And while it was Jordan doing the lion’s share of the damage, it’s not like high-flying frontcourt pal Griffin — recently returned from a lengthy absence after surgery to remove a staph infection from his elbow, and looking none the worse for wear — didn’t get involved in his own right:
You know, it’s almost like the Clippers are a little bit better than the Knicks.
After putting in this kind of work, it’s no wonder that Jordan felt like he needed a little rest after snuffing out another Knicks possession:
Knicks fans should think about joining Jordan. Wake us up on the night of the lottery, please.
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