Jordan Bell stuffs home the self served alley oop off the glass
At the end of the fourth quarter in a game that was all but over, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell took an outlet pass from JaVale McGee and was off to the races. To the surprise of everyone in attendance, the Oregon alumni tossed the orange off the backboard and jammed it home to finish the alley oop himself.
While the Mavericks weren’t particularly appreciative of the show boat play in the closing moments of a blowout, the highlight reel dunk immediately got Golden State’s bench on their feet. The play was the perfect exclamation mark for the Warriors in their seamless 133-103 dispatching of the Dallas Mavericks.
Bell isn’t a mainstay on a deep Warriors championship roster, but with the way he’s played of late, he might just be forcing his way into the rotation sooner than later. The undersized forward posses surprising vision, the ability to guard all five positions and an unrelenting motor. I wouldn’t blame you for thinking it, but no, I’m not describing his teammate Draymond Green, although the similarities are striking.
On the other end of the blowout, there was the Dallas. Little went right for them in this matchup and they looked outmatched and overpowered the entire night, though most teams tend to when facing off against a Warriors team of this caliber.
Prized rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had trouble getting off his shot and finding his teammates for open looks, but appeared fearless as ever as he relentlessly took it to the Warriors defense. Fill in starter Yogi Ferrell struggled as well, but continued to shoot the three ball with stunning efficiency draining three of his five attempts.
Dirk Nowitzki is a surefire first ballot hall of famer, but at this point in his career the Mavs can no longer rely on him to give them meaningful minutes. With that being said, his tutelage will be invaluable for Dallas as they persevere through a season that is sure to be full of growing pains for their young players.