The Internet seems to still be working, despite Jeremy Evans’ best efforts to bring it down with his block-dunk-deflection sequence Wednesday night against the Clippers at Staples Center. You’ve all seen it by now. But if not: With 5:24 left in the second quarter of the Jazz’s 96-94 loss, the reserve forward blocked a shot by Ronny Turiaf, recovered the block and sprinted the length of the floor to dunk over Turiaf. As if that wasn’t an impressive enough one-two, Evans sprinted the other way to deflect the Clippers’ outlet pass in transition.
Evans is trying to crack the rotation in a loaded Jazz frontcourt, and while dunks alone aren’t likely to do it for him, coach Tyrone Corbin was impressed by the defensive effort.
“I feel like there’s still a couple things coach wants to see out of me so I can get those minutes,” Evans said, “as far as handling the ball, knocking down shots, all of it comes into play. But I think the hustle plays help me out.”
You can find jaws dropped by Evans’ play across the Internet, including over at Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie blog, where they called Evans’ emergence “a pleasant surprise on a preseason Wednesday night... Unless, of course, your name is Ronny Turiaf.”
Business Insider has a near-scientific breakdown of the play, which it says “might be the most amazing 20 seconds of basketball you’ll see all year.”
— Bill Oram