The Dunk Heard Round The World


The Dunk Heard Round The World

The list of Best In-Game Dunkers in Celtics history isnt a very long one. In fact, it was a struggle to even come up with a starting five. But like many great men before me, I persevered and overcame, and now present you with the following:

Obviously, the Celtics "In-Game Dunker" starting five has to begin with Gerald Green. In reality, it should also end with Gerald Green. He is to Celtics "In-Game Dunkers" what Tom Brady is to Patriots quarterbacks. He's so far and beyond everyone else that I feel like hitting play on this video, tossing my laptop in the trash and never typing another word.

But I won't do that. Instead, say hello to the Captain.

Next, let's go with Ricardo Tyree Davis IV, aka Ricky Davis, aka the leader of the Get Buckets Brigade, aka No. 2 on my list of the best in-game dunkers in Celtics history.

Here's a countdown of his Top 100 dunks OF ALL TIME. And while they don't all come in a Celtics uniform, there are enough to easily justify his standing.

For No. 3, I'll give the nod to Tony Allen.

Important Note: TA's tendency to black out after an especially awesome dunk negated the time he blew out his ACL attempting to throw one down after the whistle. (I was going to link to that video, but I just watched it again and it's still way too emotionally scarring. Search "Tony Allen ACL" on YouTube if you're in the mood for a good cringe.).

Anyway, here's a glimpse of Tony, in happier times.

As we move on, the pool is getting shallow. Where else can we turn? Kedrick Brown was a ridiculous dunker prone to performing "Michael Jordan jobs" but he was never much of a factor. Dominique Wilkins was an all-time great, but not by the time his 35-year-old legs showed up in Boston. DeAndre Jordan puts on a show every night, but he's still no match for J.R. Giddens . . .

So, let's go with Dee Brown.

While Dee will always be remembered as more of a contest dunker, he was never afraid to throw it down during the real thing, and his skinny, 6-1 frame always added to the aesthetics.

Here's a grainy video (glittered with random outbursts of foreign commentary) to prove it.

Finally, it's time for No. 5. And to be honest, even though it's early, it's hard to ignore Jeff Green. It's been a real long time since we've seen anyone drop a hammer like Green did last night on Al Jefferson, and when you factor in the very similar embarrassment he laid on the Knicks during the pre-season, it's fair to assume that this will become a somewhat regular occurrence. Jeff Green's gone be posterizin'. And since I've been pretty hard on him this year, I'll be a nice guy and give him the benefit of the "in-game dunker" doubt.

Green's my No. 5.

BUT, at the same time, last night's dunk didn't come without it's fair share of typical Jeff Green head-scratching. Here's what he had to say in the post-game locker room:

"It felt great," he said, re: the dunk. "I mean, I have been playing a little lackadaisical as far as effort before the prior few games or so. It boosted your confidence up and it gets you going a little bit, so it felt good to get that to go down."

OK, listen. I don't want to be an a-hole (as KG would say) and suggest that Jeff Green might not understand the definition of lackadaisical. But either he doesn't understand, or he essentially just admitted to not trying very hard over the first two weeks of the season.

On one hand, that makes sense, because it didn't look like he was trying very hard. But on the other: "WHAAAAA!?" Lackadaisical effort? How does that even register as a viable excuse for not playing well? I don't know. I guess we can only wait and see what happens next with Green. Hopefully he can pick up a few more dunks to keep his confidence rolling and his effort in a non-lackadaisical state.

But either way, I'm spending the rest of the afternoon watching Gerald Green videos on YouTube.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'


Isaiah Thomas likes video of Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce 'petty'

Just when all the video tribute controversy between Isaiah Thomas and Paul Pierce seemed to be dying down, Jalen Rose heated it right back up.

Live on ESPN's "NBA Countdown," Rose called Pierce "petty" for his comments on the Celtics potentially holding a video tribute for Isaiah on Feb. 11 when Pierce gets his jersey retired.

Jalen Rose called Paul Pierce petty right to his face... 😳

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Thomas tweeted on Tuesday that he (again) declined the Celtics' offer to hold the tribute for him so it wouldn't interfere with Pierce's night. But if you look at the likes on the Instagram video above, posted by dimemagazine, you'll see Thomas appears to agree with Rose on the matter.

It doesn't look like the video tribute drama is going to end until the Feb. 11 matchup between the Celtics and Cavaliers is over with.

Horford: Fighting in NBA 'needs to stop'


Horford: Fighting in NBA 'needs to stop'

WALTHAM, Mass. – Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions.

Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica which led to both players being ejected and for Afflalo will likely result in a suspension of some kind.

Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons got into it with Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, resulting in both players being tossed and apparently leading to Simmons signaling to Lowry that they could continue having their “discussion” in the hallway.

That hallway encounter never happened (Lowry said he was there, Simmons said he didn’t see Lowry so you believe who you want to), but the fact that it was even a possibility speaks to this being one of the more bizarre weeks in recent memory when it comes to potential fighting in the league. 

And remember … it’s only freakin’ Wednesday!

I asked Boston’s Al Horford about this.

“It’s very, very bizarre,” said Horford, now in his 11th NBA season. “I don’t think I remember any period of time, (with) all this chippiness going on. You want to compete, you want to play hard; that’s fine. But all the extra stuff, I think needs to stop. At the end of the day you need to focus on basketball. We’re here to play.”

Horford added, “I’m sure the NBA will address those things and fix them.”

No one was shocked that things got a little testy in the Houston-Los Angeles Clippers game which was played on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It was the first time Chris Paul, now with the Rockets, returned to Los Angeles to face his former team. 

The Clippers won 113-102, a game filled with trash talk from both sides. But apparently the chatter soon turned to chippy play with hard fouls delivered and taken in the latter stages of play with a total of five technical fouls called, two of which were on Blake Griffin which is an automatic ejection. 

Talking trash gone bad was a factor in the Simmons-Lowry bruhaha with the Sixers emerging with the victory. 

And on Tuesday, Afflalo and Bjelica had already been assessed a technical for an earlier run-in. Soon after, there was a collision between the two which pissed off Afflalo who swung with great force at Bjelica’s face. 

“We’re professionals,” Horford said. “We can’t get caught up in that stuff.”

Horford plays around the basket and is no stranger to banging around with the big, bad angry bodies. 

But as much as there will be times when he’ll want to snap, Horford has consistently resisted the urge. 

“It’s hard; it’s hard,” he said. “But we have to remember what we play the game for; I play to win. I’m playing for my teammates and sometimes you need to take a step back before you do something you regret. That’s the way I look at it.”