“Skyler’s Swishes” is a column by Skyler Trepel recapping the top three events from the past week of NBA play.
This week’s swishes feature veteran showstoppers pulling out classic moves and the return of Dame Time.
Damian Lillard once again put the entire league on notice as he conjured up a classic clutch-time performance. He added 10 assists and six rebounds along with his signature ice-cold game-winning free throws to secure a comeback “W” for the Portland Trail Blazers.
It wasn’t just the performance by Dame, but his heroics in orchestrating a comeback against all odds. NBA teams are 236-0 when leading by 17 points or more with six minutes left this season, but Lillard changed all of that.
Lillard can score any way he wants, but he hit six threes including this one where he put Eric Bledsoe of the New Orleans Pelicans through the spin cycle of a washing machine.
Lillard continues to be snubbed as an All-Star starter, but is finally starting to get the credit he deserves. Our next player has been swishing since before many even watched basketball.
“LABron” James may be out with a high-ankle sprain for the next while so it’s time to take a look at one of his most athletic plays of the season. Most players would be ready for retirement by age 36, but most players aren’t LeBron James.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar showed off his athleticism Tuesday with this high-flying layup. James pulled an up-and-under in mid-air to maneuver his way around the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns,swinging the ball from his left side to his right side before tossing in for the right-handed reverse layup.
James even posted the layup on his Instagram page with the caption, “Good morning my students! Welcome to today’s lesson. English Class! Open your books to Chapter 18. Enjoy! #ThekidfromAkron.”
This wasn’t James’ only swish of the week, as he also stood up for social justice and the Asian community after the tragic shootings in Atlanta.
Many remember Blake Griffin as the high-flying dunker on the Los Angeles Clippers who jumped over cars and nearly ended people’s careers with death-defying rim-rockers. However, the saddest statistic in NBA history may be that he went nearly two years without dunking.
All that changed on Sunday night as Blake Griffin came back to life, throwing the ball through the rim for a two-handed slam. Many expect Griffin to be rejuvenated by the Brooklyn Nets, and it was great to see one of the all-time great dunkers throwing it down again for a swish through the net.
With Kyrie Irving out for the next week it will be exciting to see if Griffin can keep on swishing.
“Skyler’s Swishes” runs every Monday.