Jazz center Rudy Gobert is having an awesome season, credibly putting himself in the mix with Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Marc Gasol as the NBA’s best big men.
But that doesn’t mean Russell Westbrook respects him.
Before the Thunder’s win over Utah yesterday, Westbrook was asked how Oklahoma City would contain Gobert. Westbrook just laughed and walked off.
Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript:
Then, in the game, Westbrook tried to jump right over the 7-foot-1 Gobert and dunk on him:
I would say Gobert proved his ability by successfully protecting the paint, but I’m just too astounded by Westbrook’s leap.
Is Zaza Pachulia a dirty player?
That debate can be rekindled after the Warriors center earned this flagrant foul for smacking Heat forward Luke Babbitt.
Just don’t forget: Pachulia is more than an unskilled enforcer. He brings plenty to the table as Golden State’s fifth starter, and his ability was on display earlier in the game:
How did Mike Scott, Mike Dunleavy and Malcolm Delaney fail to secure this rebound?
No wonder the Hawks lost to a Clippers team playing without Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
If we’re going to post all of James Harden‘s defensive lowlights, it’s only fair to acknowledge this impressive block.
Please overlook the fact that Jason Terry is 39 years old.
Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors form an impressive defensive tandem that usually walls off the paint.
If there were any walls here, Steven Adams jumped right over them.