The Brooklyn Nets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-99 Sunday night. Here are the GIFs that made it worth watching.
1) Andray Blatche shaking and baking.
Gorgui Dieng was his victim on this play. Blatche’s head-fake fools big men on a nightly basis. It shocks me that opposing players still fall for it to this day.
2) Ricky Rubio, worldly passer.
There aren’t many players with Rubio’s court vision in the league, and despite his seeming inability to make a layup on multiple occasions, Rubio can still throw a pass to deke defenders as well as anyone in the league.
3) Blatche, again.
I love the idea that Blatche is perpetually frozen in a spinning vortex. There is no ending or beginning to Andray Blatche’s life story, just a man in purgatory, hoping to one day spin his way to success.
4) Plumlee, hustling.
Mason Plumlee has been a bright spot for Brooklyn all season, leading all qualifying NBA rookies in player efficiency rating, playing within his limitations, and terrifying front-row patrons.
5) Andray Blatche putting Gorgui Dieng on a poster.
Blatche may be the most GIFable player in the NBA.
6) Pristine movement.
The Timberwolves made a few runs Sunday night, but the Nets negated them with a barrage of three-pointers, hitting 12 of 33 attempts to Minnesota’s 3-12. Not much separated the two otherwise: they shot roughly the same amount of shots with similar percentages, each team finished with 20 turnovers, and the Nets snagged just one more rebound. But the Nets put up 36 points off three-pointers to Minnesota’s 9, which made a huge difference.
This was Brooklyn’s 12th and final made three-pointer on the night, and it came off a beautiful series of passes around the perimeter before Joe Johnson put the nail in the coffin from the corner.