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Featured Gallery, NBA / Feb 27, 2012 / 11:30 am

The Top 10 NBA Plays Of The Season’s First Half

Blake Griffin

This year’s shortened NBA schedule came with a label from the beginning: highly concentrated. It’s what happens when 66 games are shoehorned into a season that begins on Christmas Day.

So while the fears from the end of the lockout about how such a packed schedule would fatigue players are still there, it also means the best plays come at a rapid-fire pace. Take, for example, the last weekend of January. On Saturday, Andre Iguodala ripped off a huge slam. A day later, LeBron James jumped over John Lucas to spawn a discussion about its place in dunk history. Two days later, Blake Griffin ripped up that same conversation like a bad first draft with his full-frontal dunk on Kendrick Perkins.

It’s all to say the top 10 plays of the NBA’s first half have seemingly come one on top of another, with barely any time for fans to catch up. A day before the schedule resumes before a stretch run to the NBA Finals, here’s the best from the first half.

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10. Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and two of Luke Ridnour‘s broken ankles. Russell Westbrook made sure of it on Dec. 26.

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  • 123

    rubio wasn’t to klove.

  • weezy f

    yo dime how about doing an article about the kicks from last night i could only make out the galaxy lebrons and kobes

  • weezy f

    yo dime how about an article on all the players and what shoes they were wearing

  • Rban

    Lets get a Greg Monroe article… guy is statistically the 2nd best center in the league.

  • Mtx

    Greg Monroe sucks in defense

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    the pistons really wanted cousins. monroe is a good consolation it turns out.

  • http://ufl.edu Big Freeze

    When you bounce the ball off the backboard, catch it, then dunk it, do you get credit for an offensive rebound?

  • http://datpiff.com beiber newz

    rebounds are rebounds because they are missed shot recoveries….a bounce off the backboard is considered a deflection, just like how a ref is part of the game, if the ball hits the ref, but doesn’t go out of bounds, the ball is still in play. if you bounce the ball off the ref and can a 3, does the ref get credit for the assist? no. that is the reason you don’t get an assist for yourself when you bounce the ball off the backboard and yam it. it’s just considered a deflection or whatever. i can’t think of a better word than deflection, but i hope y’all get my point.