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Someone call Ersan Ilyasova’s mom. He’s been Blake Griffin’d.

Jan 8, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

Blake Griffin hadn’t really had that dunk yet. Not really. I mean, he’s had some nice ones. Some great ones, really. But not the “Oh, my dear Lord, what just happened to that young man who Blake Griffin dunked on?” Not the “That dude got dunked on so hard it left a black mark on his permanent record.” Until last night, when poor, poor Ersan Ilyasova stepped into Blake’s way.

Goodnight, sweet power forward.


Well, it could have been worse, Ersan. You could have not been flopping. Other than that, no, it could not have been worse.

  1. dondada10 - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Could be much worse. Ilyasova came over to help on the screen and roll and then thought better of it.

  2. juanh7248 - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Ilyasova was actually falling down. The guy that should be ashamed is Drew Gooden, who wanted no part of Griffin and made no attempt to challenge the shot. Very soft

  3. jmclarkent - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Drew Gooden was one red cape away from becoming a matador.

  4. raidmagic - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Come on the guy tripped on his own feet. Blake dunked next to him. Juanh is right Drew should be embarrased

  5. addict2sport - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Someone should call Gooden’s mommy and tell her to toughen her son up. That cat wanted no part of that.

  6. qwertify - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Ilyasova tripped. And if Gooden helped he would collide with the falling Ilyasova, so it was wise for him to get out of the way.

  7. chaothao - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Dude tripped before Blake made contact. Not that amazing…..

  8. passerby23 - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    The smart play would be to step in and take a charge, but no one wants to be posterized even if they get the call. Not that Ilyasova would’ve done anything, but it’s not fair to say he got dunked on.

  9. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    1. Ersan didn’t get Blake Griffin’d…the clumsy kid just fell down.

    2. How many MILLIONS is Drew Gooden getting paid to stand like a spectator next to Griffin? As a professional basketball player on defense…Gooden has 2 options in that situation. He can at least try and contest the shot like he’s being paid to do, or he can get old-school with it and send a message to Blake with a nice, HARD foul to let the young kid know nothing comes easy. Instead, Drew Gooden conceded defeat and laid out a red carpet for the enemy to arrive on.

    No interest in fighting for his team, but plenty of interest in avoiding an appearance on a Blake poster.

  10. glink123 - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Who cares how many times Griffin dunks? It’s still only two points. Seriously, if you wanna get excited over a sub-500 team just because they dunk alot, go for it.

    • passerby23 - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      I agree, let’s not lose our sh*t over every Blake Griffin dunk, but the Clippers are no sub-500 team. This team, if they stay healthy, is playoff-bound.

  11. tgifinley88 - Jan 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    stop trying to make every griffin dunk “the freshest greatest dunk blake has ever executed.” he’ll have one soon enough. this was no deandre over jon brockman last season, now that was a dunk.

  12. max20characters - Jan 9, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    Seriously? The replay clearly showed he was falling down before.Griffin even left the floor. Drew Gooden deserves the posturization. He stood there and watched which is why he’s on a new team every year…

  13. anhdazman - Jan 9, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    The tripped because he was going to get railroaded. He tripped because although his brain said to defend, his body said, Hell No!
    Everyone knocking Gooden, but he probably made the smartest decision to back the Heck OFF!

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