Anatomy of a dunk
Most dunks are spontaneous, born of opportunity: a breakaway, a missed shot that caroms just so, a baseline drive with no weakside help. When the Warriors'
With the Warriors running a lot of high pick-and-rolls, Davis drove for a layup late in the fourth quarter and noticed the Jazz gave him ample room. As he jogged back on defense, he made a decision. "I thought, I'm going to come back and do the same thing, only I'm going to dunk it this time," he says. "They keep giving me the space, and they're trying to meet me at the rim. I'm just going to attack harder."
On the next play, he did just that. It's not quite the same as a "called shot" -- or would that be a prophesied posterizing? -- but it's pretty close. The Warriors ran "one down," a play where the five man, in this case
Immediately, he looked for Kirilenko, who was still on the other side of the lane. Davis knew right away he had a chance. "Once you see a defender under the basket or he's coming in late, and you got enough room to take off and know you can land comfortably, that's what automatically triggers it for me," Davis says.
The next goal: Make it to the block before launching. "It's about making sure I'm close enough that I won't get hung," he says with a laugh. "Back in my younger days I'd take off from anywhere. I'd take off from the free-throw line if I had to." Here's what happened
Part of what made the dunk so surprising to Davis' teammates, who can be seen flailing about, was that, despite being a renowned leaper early in his career (as evidenced