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Utah’s Rudy Gobert thinks better of blocking Blake Griffin dunk (VIDEO)

Oct 24, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

This dunk by Blake Griffin is pretty much standard Clippers fare — it’s an impressive throw down but Chris Paul sets guys up like that half a dozen times a game.

It’s Utah rookie Rudy Gobert that makes this video work. Watch him rotate over and think about going for the block on Griffin, realizing that would not end well for him, trying to pull out of it and still getting dunked on. Welcome to the NBA, rookie.

I like the potential in Gobert, in a few years the Jazz may really have a quality shot blocking big in him. As for right now… the NBA is a learning process. Griffin provides just another lesson.

  1. mat9844 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Yes, Blake’s a great dunker, but if you haven’t seen him play in preseason, you’re in for a big surprise–he has improved his outside shots, is much better on defense and has developed into an all-around great player. Of course, I’m a fan, but facts are facts!

    • antistratfordian - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Awesome anecdote, kin. I’ll get excited about that when he starts doing it in games that matter.

  2. johngalt1783 - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Smart play by Gobert. If he had attempted to block it most certainly would have drawn a foul and maybe even a technical. In addition if he tried to block it someone, he or Griffin might have been injured.

    Gobert never had the right angle to block the shot without risk of committing a foul, possibly a technical foul and/or injuring himself or Griffin.

    Got to know when to hold them and when to fold them. Gobert made the smart play. Not bad for a rookie.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      While you’re talking about outcomes that were certainly possible had he challenged the dunk, let’s talk candidly about Gobert’s primary motivation: He sensed that he was about to get immortalized in a Griffin GIF and wanted absolutely no part of it.

      He was not thinking about anything else other than that.

      Wise decision either way.

  3. dwrek5 - Oct 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    So now NOT getting posterized is a story? Real games start please!

    • antistratfordian - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      When it comes to Blake Griffin… yeah, it’s a story.

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