In the third quarter of tonight’s matchup against the mighty Kevin Durant and the Thunder, Timberwolf Dante Cunningham demonstrated what a poetic block looks like:
Three reasons why this rules:
1) Cunningham and Reggie Jackson were completely in sync from blast-off to the point of contact. The distance he — and Jackson — covered alone is enough athleticism to make your head spin. Do yourself a favor and click pause five seconds into the video.
2) He had to time his jump perfectly to avoid missing the block or fouling Jackson. Speaking of which…
3) How does Cunningham avoid the foul?
For Wolves fans, this high-wire maneuvering is nothing new. Cunningham has shown Tyreke Evans and Kemba Walker a thing or two this season about his proclivity to ping shots from out of nowhere. And he has no problem lowering the boom on the unsuspecting while they’re in the paint.
As for Jackson, he collected some sound get-back in the fourth quarter, driving right by Cunningham for his close-up at the tin: