Tuesday February 12th, 2013

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By Rob Mahoney

The NBA's "Phantom" cameras don't just capture incredible athletic feats in super slow motion; they add texture to highlight-reel sequences through the use of far more natural camera angles. For once, plays aren't just captured within the context of a broadcast, but in vivid, high-definition detail from a completely fresh vantage point. It honestly transforms the viewing experience, as you can see from the NBA's Phantom rendering of Blake Griffin's left-handed finish over Spencer Hawes from Monday night's game against the 76ers. From this view, we can see it all: Griffin's mid-air adjustment to soar by Hawes and finish with his left hand, the exact point of the foul, a perfectly nonchalant landing and Willie Green's restrained response. These kinds of capsule views have been in the NBA's repertoire for a few years now, but they're now popping up more often than ever and for that we can all be thankful. Long live the Phantom camera, and all the tasty video morsels it brings to eager NBA fans.

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