Front page of ESPN: WHAM! Dunk of the Night: Blake on Ibaka. Except it wasn't. Griffin should have been called for an offensive foul on that play.
No clear view from that angle, but in all likelihood Griffin uses his off-hand to clear obstacles. That's his 'modus operandi'. Have a look at the supposed "Dunk of the Year" on Pau Gasol:
Griffin clearly uses the off-hand to push Gasol down - this one ended up basically strikes Gasol in the face with an elbow. That's an offensive foul.
Additionally, look at the much-publicized dunk on Kendrick Perkins. Foul.
The dunk on Channing Frye. Another Foul.
Even the dunk on Mozgov is pretty bad.
Griffin's dunk on then-Knick Gallinari was egregious - he actually grabs Gallinari's attempt at a block, and pushes it aside... yet no foul called. Look for yourself:
There's no doubting that Blake Griffin's an amazing athlete, and that he does do some amazing dunks. But as often as not, these high-flying aerialist dunks, are an example of how the NBA have become a slave to the hype.
Decide for yourself.
@JMattHicks Unfortunately, I can only like a comment once.
@JMattHicks That's the main problem with the game today - players aren't allowed to police themselves and put a player on his back. Do that and all hell breaks loose, you get suspended, fined, and have the talking heads and bloggers disparaging you for days on end.
@Jeff Fox Ha... almost exactly what a friend of mine said on facebook!
@WithMalice I hear next they are going to amend the rules to allow Blake to not have to dribble anymore. And he can use a mini-trampoline anytime he chooses.
@WithMalice I would probably enjoy the game more (both watching & playing) if "anything" did go.
@Jeff Fox I have had people say to me - and be serious about it - that because they are both in the air, anything goes. And others that state because they guys are not jumping straight up in the air, anything goes. Seriously. "Anything."
Regardless, you can't either hold the guy down, or elevate yourself using your off-hand.