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Jonathon Simmons rises up to posterize JaVale McGee
- Updated: October 26, 2016
— Ball Don't Stop (@balldontstop) October 26, 2016
San Antonio Spurs small forward, Jonathon Simmons showed off his insane vertical in their first game of the season against the Golden State Warriors.
With less than 10 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, Simmons was still playing and hustling hard – despite his team holding a 127-100 lead at the time. With the shot clock at 4.1 seconds, the 27-year-old blew past Warriors rookie Patrick McCaw and started to take off towards the basket. It looked like he’d be going for a contested layup, considering that Warriors centre JaVale McGee started to rotate into the middle of the paint. That’s when Simmons exploded from his quick gather step, and slammed it down all over McGee; making the entire Spurs bench stand up in excitement.
The dunk would end up being the last 2 points of the game for both teams, with the Spurs walking away with the 129-100 victory. The poster dunk wasn’t the only great play from Simmons that night, considering the chase down block that he completed on Steph Curry in the 3rd quarter,
Taponazo de Jonathan Simmons a Stephen Curry!??? https://t.co/tErpZQL7H2
— NBA (@NBA_Fotos10) October 26, 2016
Simmons looked great against the Warriors on Tuesday, finishing with 20 points on 57 FG%, to go along with 4 rebounds, 3 assists, a block, and only 2 turnovers in 28 minutes off the bench. It looks like he’s received an expanded role from Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, and he’s taken advantage of it so far. The 6-foot-6 forward has gone from a veteran D-League player to a crucial bench piece for the San Antonio Spurs in 2 years, and he’ll likely continue to improve throughout the season because of his tough work ethic.
With the win, the Spurs improve to 1-0 on the season. It was a commanding victory over the Warriors, who were expected to play a lot better in this matchup. Even though this is only the first game of the season, the Spurs showed that they still arguably have the deepest roster in the league; outscoring the Warriors’ bench, 54-19.
They’ll take on the Sacramento Kings in the 2nd game of the season on Thursday night at the Golden 1 Center; with tip-off scheduled at 10:30 p.m. EST.
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