Whether you're an NBA diehard or just a casual sports fan, you have probably seen Blake Griffin's jaw-dropping dunk over Thunder center Kendrick Perkins approximately 37 times. At least. Many immediately dubbed it as the dunk of the year. Some went as far as calling it the dunk of the decade.
Kevin Durant, however, called it a layup.
The two-time All-Star had arguably the best view in the house during the electrifying play, standing at the top of the key, just a few feet away from Perkins as his teammate got posterized. And the reigning scoring champion (two years running) ripped the dunk while speaking with The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry and said he has "no appreciation for it at all."
"It was a layup, I think. He threw the ball in and got fouled and made a free throw," he said. "So it's three points at the end of the day."
Later, Durant admitted that he was sticking up for a teammate and said he might have liked it if it didn't happen against his team.
Durant is no stranger to making spectacular plays. The lanky 6'9 forward out of Texas has been dominant -- whether he's throwing down crazy alley-oops or hitting 35-footers -- ever since he entered the league, never averaging less than 20 points per game in a season. In Game 2 of last year's Western Conference Finals, Durant made arguably the highlight of his career when he drove to the basket and threw down a one-handed dunk over the 7-foot Brendan Haywood of the Dallas Mavericks.
Mayberry asked Durant if he was surprised his dunk over Haywood didn't get as much attention as Griffin's dunk over Perkins.
"I knew that one wasn't going to get attention because we never get attention like that," he said. "We're not an L.A. team or a Chicago team or a Miami team. So all our plays get thrown under the radar."
We're not so sure he's correct on that last comment. I'm fairly certain I've seen a fair share of highlights from the Durant-Westbrook duo. And I'm fairly certain Durant's dunk was widely tipped to be the best dunk of the playoffs (I thought so). Either way, sticking up for your teammate is nice. But in this case, just give credit where credit is due.