No one has created more highlights recently than this trio: The two Los Angeles bash brothers and the soccer legend.
More so than anything else, or anyone, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have personally turned the Clippers and Rockets second-round series into a rout. They’ve obliterated the second seed in two straight games and through Game 4, really, were one quarter away from having swept 56-win Houston. Across the globe, Lionel Messi is busy breaking soccer ankles, adding to his burgeoning legend and setting both Twitter and Vine aflame.
Remember, in Style Points it’s never about what you do but how you do it. Paul Pierce and the Wizards sweep a higher seed, as they did in this year’s first round? That’s great, but he doesn’t get style points unless he calls his shot before the series even starts. Trinidad James shows out on the ‘gram in some Yeezys? Again, amazing, but he doesn’t get style points unless he does it in some custom, unreleased yellow joints.
Last week, we kicked off Style Points with an easy pick: Stephen Curry. Anytime you win the MVP in the fashion that he did, the choice was obvious. This week was a little bit different. Check it out. In this week’s Style Points: Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan Are Too Good; All Lionel Messi Does Is Break Ankles.
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BLAKE GRIFFIN and DeANDRE JORDAN
Griffin has been the best player so far in this year’s postseason. He’s dropping an absurd 24.7 points, 13.0 rebounds, and nearly seven assists per game, playing seemingly every position on the floor while Chris Paul was out with an injury during the first two games against Houston. We’ve wanted Blake to get to that next level for a long time, combining all of that talent with all of that athleticism, and it looks like he’s finally doing it. Dwight Howard doesn’t want any part of him. Terrence Jones and Josh Smith have no chance. Houston even tried Trevor Ariza on him. None of it worked. None of it will work. He also did this…even though it didn’t count.
Then there’s DeAndre Jordan who, despite what the stats may say, might actually be outplaying Dwight. And he’s doing it despite Kevin McHale attempting to turn Game 4 into a circus by sending him to the foul line an NBA Playoff record 28 times during the first half! DJ kept his cool enough to drop 26 and 17 for the game, including a run of three consecutive dunks in the third that blew the game open.
In the biggest game of Cleveland’s season–seriously, they were DANGEROUSLY close to falling behind 3-1 to Chicago–LeBron James played through one of the worst shooting games of his career in the playoffs. He played through three massive offensive fouls in the second half. He played through the crowd and the refs and another standout performance from Derrick Rose. He played through it all to make the game-winning buzzer-beater, a fallaway corner jumper that he released right in front of the Bulls bench, just over the outstretched arm of defensive ace Jimmy Butler.
The Detroit star brought out the heat on Mother’s Day, rocking a special pair of pink Air Jordan VII Cleats for a game on Sunday against Kansas City. Is Cabrera joining the squad at the Jordan Brand? No one really knows at this point. But if it means we get more kicks like this from the first basemen, we’re more than ready to see it happen. Too bad these VIIs didn’t help his swing–he continued his May slump by going 0-3 with a walk during a 2-1 loss to the Royals.
There’s a reason Messi is considered one of the greatest soccer players ever and most likely the best player of his generation. His skills with the ball are breathtaking and the moment he scored this goal against Bayern Munich last week–his second of the game–social media exploded into emojis. Defender Jerome Boateng will never be the same again, what with the embarrassing way he fell flat on his back after trying to defend a twisting Messi.
If you managed to somehow get this goal recorded on your phone, you can now take a special piece of history with you.