Welcome to Nightly Pro Notables: a collection of the hottest sneakers and biggest moments of the night on September 20, 2020.
The theme of the night was Kobe, with Anthony Davis channeling the Black Mamba on his epic game 2 buzzer beater that stole game 2 from the Denver Nuggets. We also saw more Kobes on the court from Alex Caruso and even Coach Vogel. Check below for all the happenings in the Western Conference Finals.
Brow with the Mamba Mentality
Anthony Davis dropped big numbers as usual, but it was his game-winner that shook up the NBA community.
A.D. put up 22 of his 31 points in the second half, with his last 3 being the wildest. Rajon Rondo was money on a perfect bounce pass out of bounds with 2.1 seconds left. The Brow channeled his inner mamba mentality on a trifecta over the outstretched arms of Nikola Jokic.
Swish. And guess what Anthony said after the buzzer sounded?
Joker’s Clutch Buckets
Despite taking the L, Nikola Jokic put up a fight dropping 12 points in the 4th during the Nuggets comeback. The much larger Jokic bullied A.D. at the rim:
The Serbian big also gave the Nuggets the first lead since the 1st with this wild tip-in off an airball:
Bron and Craig Have a Block Party
On back-to-back plays, LeBron James and Torrey Craig had themselves a block-a-thon. The King stopped Jamal Murray with a vicious rejection of the Denver guard’s layup. The Lakers then went on a fast break that saw Craig come from outta nowhere to spike a shot off the backboard.
What out below; the Bald Eagle is taking flight. The Lakers bench absolutely went wild on this fast break from Alex Caruso that led to a right-handed spike dunk.
Noted shot-blocker (kidding) Danny Green challenged Paul Millsap at the rim tonight and won. Nasty.
RR with the Nostalgia from 2004
Rajon Rondo is making the most of his sneaker free agency, bringing back a classic basketball style from 2004. The Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4 brings nostalgia for many hoopers back in the day. This black and yellow colorway is reminiscent of Kobe Bryant, who rocked the 2K4 as his first shoe after signing with Nike (from adidas.)
What Coaches Wear…
Finally, we have Coach Frank Vogel getting in his own mamba mentality.