POTD 4/20/12: Dante Cunningham on Bismack Biyombo

With 11 and a half minutes to go, the playoff-bound Grizzlies were losing to the seven-win Bobcats by eight points.  They’d been missing jump shot after jump shot and allowing Charlotte to score at a relatively-feverish pace.  Then Dante Cunningham rolled to the basket and demonstratively dunked the ball over Bismack Biyombo…

…and it was as if a door to the painted area had been opened.  Dante’s dunk accounted for the first two points of a 20-4 Memphis run.  The Grizzlies suddenly looked like an inspired bunch, approaching the stretch run with such passion that a shoving match broke out between Marreese Speights and Byron Mullens.  Memphis went on to win it by five.

Did a Dante Cunningham dunk  keep the ’11/12 Bobcats in the hunt for worst team of all-time?  I don’t know about that… but the slam certainly served as a timely shot of enthusiasm for the Memphis Grizzlies.  And hey, if the big win can’t be chalked up to a single Dante Cunningham dunk, maybe it can be credited to three of them.  Cunningham scored six points, all on dunks, during that 20-4 run.

Dunk rating on the Starbury Nastiness Scale:

7.5/10 Starbury Nasty Faces

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