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GIF: Ty Lawson Abuses Nick Calathes With Fake Crossover

Ty Lawson

You don’t always need to cross a player up to get the desired response from your defender. You don’t even need to capitalize on the play with a bucket to get featured as The Court Grip Difference Maker of the Week. After starring in our last installment, Denver’s speedy point guard, Ty Lawson, is back and breaking ankles once again. Read More »

Ty Lawson Drops Jodie Meeks With The Killer Crossover

Wesley Johnson, Ty Lawson (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s so nice to have Ty Lawson back for the Nuggets. The 5-11 bundle of energy was conspicuously absent during the recent nine games he missed recovering from a rib injury, and on Friday night the Lakers found out why. Lawson was electric on his way to 30 points and 17 assists in Denver’s 134-126 win at home. He even found time to drop Jodi Meeks with a crossover that even made the viewer whiff. Read More »

Kent Bazemore Torches Michael Carter-Williams For Reverse Slam

Michael Carter-Williams, Kent Bazemore

Through the second and third quarters on Monday, the Golden State Warriors out-scored the Philadelphia 76ers 69-31. That’s the primary reason Kent Bazemore played nearly eight and a half minutes in the fourth quarter and Marreese Speights scored a career-high 32 points. But it was Bazemore with the play of the night after he yo-yo’d by Michael Carter-Williams for a reverse slam reminiscent of some of his best during summer league. Read More »

The Court Grip Difference Maker Of The Week: Michael Carter-Williams Crosses Up Ricky Rubio

Michael Carter-Williams

Michael Carter-Williams (Howard Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite a beavy of three-pointers from the normally cold-shooting ‘Wolves on Monday night (they rank 22nd in the league from deep), Sixers rookie Michael Carter-Williams showed off some impressive lateral quickness with a crossover that had Ricky Rubio reaching to save the bucket. Read More »

Dwyane Wade Tells His Critics: “I’ll See You In June”

Dwyane Wade

As part of his spot for Mission Court Grip, the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade has a response for the critics who say he’s too old and too beat-up to get it done for the Heat. He’s on a mission this year. Read More »

The Court Grip Difference Maker Of The Week: DeMar DeRozan’s Killer Crossover

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan isn’t known for having a nasty handle, but he can break out a killer crossover every now and then. Last night in Philly, in the midst of DeRozan’s 33-point night, he dropped a sick dribble move on the baseline that had James Anderson swiping at air. Then Toronto’s leading scorer finished over the top of Spencer Hawes at the rim. Read More »

Court Grip Difference Maker Of The Week: Russell Westbrook Crosses Up 2 Defenders

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined to score 68 of Oklahoma City’s 115 points against Utah last night, and the Thunder needed every one of them in the 115-113 win. Perhaps the biggest bucket was the last one by Russ: a swiveling, crisscrossed dribble-drive that froze J.J. Hickson just enough to scoot past for a layup. Read More »

Court Grip Difference Maker Of The Week: Cover Up Your 5-Hole Around Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio

Last night, Ricky Rubio set a career-high with 16 assists during Minnesota’s 124-95 blowout of the Cavs. The tussled hair of the Spaniard was bouncing all over the place as he easily found open teammates, even if it meant nutmegging a defender. Read More »

The Court Grip Difference Maker of the Week: Dwyane Wade Unleashes a Classic Euro Step and Dunk on the Break

dwyane wade euro step

Tonight, Dwyane Wade looks more like Dwyane Wade than he has at any other point in this series (and his impact shows in the score). Watch this perfect Euro step and dunk on the break from the first half: Read More »

Court Grip Difference Maker of The Week: Mike Conley Puts a Killer Crossover on Matt Barnes

mike conley crossover

Mike Conley‘s crossover here on Matt Barnes is so fast and tight, we’re not even really sure Barnes knows what happened – he wakes up and Conley is already by him: Read More »