Last night saw a lot go well for the Kings. Buddy Hield had a good shooting night, Harrison Barnes had another great game, and Richaun Holmes had six blocks! But none of that matters because De'Aaron Fox stole the show with a dunk for the ages.
Let's take a moment to watch it from as many angles as possible.
OH MY GOD DE'AARON FOX pic.twitter.com/peOc1rz8Tr
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) January 12, 2021
De'Aaron Fox with the emphatic dunk to put the Kings up 123-117. Yikes. Speed kills. pic.twitter.com/YUsJpKQuvh
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) January 12, 2021
The reaction from @TheDougChristie and @MarkJonesESPN on the De’Aaron Fox dunk 😭
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) January 12, 2021
Fox's reaction says it all. He had the lane and he took it.
De'Aaron Fox on the dunk at the end of the game: "I knew could get anywhere I wanted ... I had a lane so I took it."
— The Kings Herald (@thekingsherald) January 12, 2021
I don't have any deeper analysis of this play other than to say it was fun as hell and an emphatic way to cap off a fun fourth quarter.
I think I lost an octave when it happened
Man, highlights and games like this are where I miss being in the building the most. Golden 1 would have exploded after that dunk.
That’s the first thing I thought of as well. I remember seeing a Rondo baseline dunk that was one of the more memorable plays I’ve seen in my time over there at G1C. Last night would have been epic. Although adding to it last night was Jones calling our the mismatch which made it oh so special. I gave out one of those Dammmmmmmmmmm from the film Friday. ð
I was starting to fall asleep in the last few minutes (long day at work, one year old, soup for dinner, blah blah blah). Jumped off the couch from a reclining half-dozed off position. So fun. ð¦
As Aykis said and as a STH, these are the moments I miss the most.
That was elite.
He took about 1.5 seconds after the switch to murder the entire Pacers’ defense and there wasn’t a damn thing they could have done about it.
If Fox starts doing that regularly this team starts winning a lot more games.
I would have loved to see the reaction from the Golden One Center crowd when that happened. Can’t wait until it is safe to pack that place again.
The one cool thing about the arena being empty was hearing the passion from Fox after the dunk. His scream was intense and it muted out Mark and Doug for a second.
Take THAT, Hamstring!
If Lonzo wasn’t afraid of Fox before, he is now.
Ja Morant is who Lonzo Ball thinks De’Arron Fox is.
So many amazing things about the dunk, really. I was nearly asleep and it woke me up for a good minute (I was tired) and then I ended up asleep as it were so I missed the last 30 seconds.
What amazes me is why Sabonis thought he could get away with being on an island. And what amazes me, further, is that the Pacers didn’t want to dare ANYONE else to beat them.
That said, I think Fox surprised a lot of people with what he did given how quickly he exploded to the rim. Everyone was just caught looking. You have to be a special athlete to do that.
The thing that occurred to me as he was out there sizing up Sabonis was, why do the Kings so seldom run plays to switch a big onto Fox? He’s either going to crush one, or find an open look for someone when the defense collapses on him.
And is it actually possible that the refs are going to let Fox get away with the off-arm action that he used when he cleared Sabonis? Has he achieved that level?
I don’t know why they don’t draw that play up for Fox more often. That was the type of play you see made frequently in the playoffs. Lebron, Dame, Harden, etc. will do that nearly every possession. That off arm action really is just to generate momentum he didn’t push off or anything. So a good no call IMHO.
A baby chicken wing, at most. I agree, the no-call was the way to go, but you see top players get away with really egregious push-offs all the time.
They called Fox for a pretty, in my opinion, soft baby wing against Brogdon earlier in the game. I am going to say he hasn’t reached that level, end of game whistle swallowing non withstanding.
Reminded me of Dwayne Wade in his prime.
That Fox dunk is my spirit animal.
Same scream I make after I lower the hoop to 6ft and dunk it over the punk kids in my culdesac
Don ‘t forget to swat their weak-ass-shit into the cheap seats when they try to bring it back at ya.
And then yell: “WHO’S YOUR DADDY?!”
…”You are are Dad.”
Shit, the scream was as delightful as the dunk
Doug clearly loves his job.
I did an exclamation when this happened.
Goodness, arrest that man for assault.