Big Men Battle To See Who Gets a Chin Ball

In a rematch from last year’s 1st round Eastern Conference playoff series (which was a 4-0 sweep, embarrassingly enough), the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards clashed in Ontario last Wednesday night. Though the Wizards were victorious in last year’s postseason series, they came into the game looking up at the Raptors in the conference standings, and outside the projected playoff race.

More importantly for our purposes, though, is a recollection of this tremendous save attempt from Raptor center Jonas Valanciunas. Big V out-hustles the The Polish Hammer on his way to the ball, earns a foul call, then whips it back to Gortat, who takes a hard chin ball, and, to top it all off, Valanciunas manages to not spill a single beer in the crowd. What a play!

The Raptors, perhaps not coincidentally, would go on to win the game by a score of 94-91. Next time, let Nene take the chin ball!