The Brooklyn Nets’ Alan Anderson threw down an emphatic two-handed dunk in Game 5 of their playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
NBA players have a myriad of ways to net two points. They can pull up at the top of the key and knock back a jumper, they can finesse their way into the paint and lay it in, or they storm the basket and dunk the ball so hard that the whole arena feels the force of impact. Alan Anderson falls into the latter category.
His dunk against the Atlanta Hawks is absolutely explosive. You can view the dunk below, but be warned, the video contains explicit violence towards a basketball.
Kent Bazemore makes the mistake of giving Anderson the entire baseline to make a drive. Anderson makes Bazemore pay dearly for his mistake by slamming the ball down with authority and then swinging from the rim for the added “you just got posterized,” effect.
This is the kind of play that is more than just two points. It can be an entire momentum shift for a team. This dunk happened in Atlanta and it undoubtedly silenced the Hawks’ home crowd. It can sometimes take a few good drives from the home team in order to get the home crowd back into the game and by then it can be too late.
It is also great to see players really getting into the game. It is obvious that Anderson came to win today and he is going to make sure Atlanta knows it. This dunk without a doubt fired up the whole team. If I was playing basketball and my teammate dunked over three players on the other team I would be pretty revved. Hopefully Brooklyn can harness this energy to pull ahead 3-2 in the series.