Posted by Royce Young
Bill Russell used to always talk about the art of blocking a shot but not sending it into the fifth row because that does absolutely no good. You want to block the shot to a teammate, ideally to set up a run out for fast break.
JaVale McGee, as you might imagine, has always struggled with this. But he one-upped Russell's idea Tuesday with his block of Wesley Matthews. Not only did McGee keep it in play, he just went ahead and grabbed it himself all in one motion to make things a little more streamlined.
McGee recently put up a triple-double that included 12 blocks. That's impressive. But not as impressive as his block of Matthews Tuesday night. That's how good it was. This one is better than those 12 combined. In fact, take every block from this NBA season and it's not as good as McGee's block of Matthews. LaPhonso Ellis has the best block ever in my mind with this stuff at the rim and not only is McGee's similar, it might actually be as good.