Update: So I’m an idiot and posted the wrong clip accidentally. Here it is.
You can talk about Ray Allen’s rare dunk. About the way he elevated to a height he doesn’t normally acheive. About how Kyle Korver should be ashamed. About how Ray did a little pose after the landing, as if to say, “Yup. That just happened.”
Me? I’ll talk about Paul Pierce’s pass, and Pierce’s patience to allow the play to develop. I’ll talk about Allen’s majestic movement without the ball, how he set a ball screen up top, came off a flare screen on the wing, and finally cut backdoor behind Korver. We sometimes watch the game like 13-year old girls. We get excited for the big plays and hop up and down in excitement. We think a play is great just because it ended in a dunk. But often we lose track of the little things that made the dunk happen, all the great execution that made the dunk possible.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a hell of a dunk. But everything else about this play was just dandy, too.