The thrilling NBA Playoffs just kept getting better and better during week two.
The superstars again came out to play and set to postseason alight some more. This week’s top plays is scattered with familiar faces.
DWade is here, along with his trust Heat sidekick LeBron. Kobe makes an appearance, while despite heading to a deciding game seven against Memphis the LA Clippers are again well represented, Blake and CP3 getting involved.
We also see a Nugget who is promising a huge future.
Sit back and enjoy, Week Two Playoff action plays of the week.
10. Rajon Rondo Marvellous Trickery
Since returning from his one-match suspension for bumping a referee, Rajon Rondo has been tremendous for the Boston Celtics.
This play sums up his massive involvement in the Celtics’ 4-2 series win over the Atlanta Hawks. In a move to the basket the Boston guard bamboozles everyone with the fake behind the back pass allowing the easy lay-in.
9. Kobe Twists Through The Nuggets
LA Lakers’ superstar, Kobe Bryant couldn’t have done much more in game five of the series against the Denver Nuggets. He finished with 43 points in a dominant display but the Lakers, looking for the series win, went down 102-99. The series is now headed to a deciding game seven, with moves like this from Kobe a requirement if the Lakers are to progress to the Western Conference Semi-Finals. This ‘scoop to the hoop’ was simply stunning.
8. Blake With The ‘One-Two’ Slam On The Fast Break
A bit more postseason Lob City. And what would a top 10 plays be without a bit of Blake Griffin?
The Clippers hustle-up some brilliant defence before Blake grabs the ball and springs forward. He then flicks a pass to Mo Williams, he calls for the return alley-oop immediately and his guard doesn’t disappoint, flicking the lob up for Griffin to slam home.
7. LeBron With An Incredible Clutch Move To The Basket
All season Blake Griffin has destroyed everyone between him and the ring, any highlight reel of NBA season 2012 is littered with Griffin posterizations.
Memphis forward Dante Cunningham gave the slamming Clipper a taste of his own medicine in game one. He flies all over Blake grabs the rebound and slams it through.
Pau Gasol and Kendrick Perkins can have a little giggle.
6. Derrick Favors’ Massive Rejection On Tiago Splitter
Huge play this by Derrick Favors. Although the Utah Jazz were pretty comfortably swept by the San Antonio Spurs, their defensive prowess was on display throughout the series.
A clever move by the Spurs isolates big Tiago Splitter who goes to the hoop for the slam, but Favors won’t have a bar of it. Enforcing the massive rejection.
5. Lob City Isn’t Always Blake Griffin
Now Lob City isn’t always about Blake Griffin and the Clippers love sharing it around. With a point guard as dynamic as Chris Paul the highlight package is already impressive.
Here CP3 finds DeAndre Jordan with a delicate flying lob on the break. Enjoy.
4. DWade With A Huge Rejection On Carmelo Anthony
The New York Knicks somehow managed to get a win in game four of the series against the Miami Heat, right on the back of 41 points from Carmelo Anthony.
But here Dwayne Wade wasn’t allowing Melo anything easy. The Heat champion sees the move and puts up a massive rejection.
He then stars down a stunned Anthony. Brilliant work on the defensive end by DWade.
3. Devin Harris Chases Down Tony Parker
Again in the 4-0 series win by the San Antonio Spurs it’s a defensive by the Utah Jazz in the top 10. In this one Tony Parker finds the clever steal and sprints towards the open floor.
Believing he is clear attempts the simplest of finger rolls, but Devin Harris has much better ideas. Handing TP9 a ‘track-down, smack-down’ to add to the highlight reel.
2. Andre Miller Incredible Alley-oop For JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee has announced himself as a future star of the NBA in the past few weeks. Really lifting his play for the Denver Nuggets in the series against the LA Lakers, which heads to a deciding game seven today.
In this play the perfect alley-oop is put up by his teammate Andre Miller form the half-court. McGee had a blinder in the ‘series on the line’ game five win for the Nuggets, this the best play.
1. Andre Iguodala Ends The Chicago Bulls’ Season
The number one seed in the East had only lost in the first round a handful of time in NBA history, but if there ever were to be a huge upset it would be the injury ravaged Chicago Bulls of 2012.
Full credit to the Philadelphia 76ers though who had the execution to send the Bulls packing. In an incredible game six, Bulls back-up centre Omer Asik inexplicably missed both free throws with the Bulls leading by one, Andre Iguodala grabs the rebound and blitzes down the court he misses the lay in but is fouled by Asik!
Then one of the league’s poorest clutch free throwers defies everyone and hits both. To hand his 76ers the series win. With 2.2 on the clock CJ Watson fires a nicely attempted long range shot for the Bulls to win, but it hits the back of the ring and the Bulls’ season ends.
Did I get it right? What was your top play of the second week of Playoffs 2012 action? What did I miss? Let us know below in the comment section.
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