Basketball's "He broke his ankles!" might be the most loosely thrown around sports term out there, but it actually almost happened on Thursday night. Like, for real. A series of filthy Chris Paul moves shook David West so badly that he had to leave the game moments later with an injured ankle. Check it out:
Wow, that's nasty. And embarrassing. And as the captain of the Chris Paul fan club, I demand that we see it again!
Of course, to perfectly pull off such a devastating play, two things have to happen after you make your defender completely lose his balance:
- Make the shot. (Check)
- Stare him down after it goes in. (Check)
As embarrassed as West was, the 37-year-old vet has to take some solace in the fact that Paul had already done this to Golden State rookie and ballyhooed defender Jordan Bell earlier in the game:
Yep, CP3 still has it in his 13th year in the NBA. Of course, the Warriors wound up with the last laugh, beating the Rockets 124-114 in a matchup of the league's two best records. But if West was laughing when the final buzzer sounded, he was doing it from the bench.