In the second quarter, what started out as a Lonzo Ball dunk attempt ended with a Smart handprint on the basketball as he viciously blocked the rookie’s foray to the hoop.
Marcus Smart with the emphatic swat on Lonzo Ball.pic.twitter.com/vGza483eKA
— MyNBAUpdate (@MyNBAUpdate) November 9, 2017
From these angles, you can tell that Ball originally intended to throw down a dunk, but he then adjusted to attempt a layup with the smaller Smart flying over to protect the rim.
Marcus Smart just sent Lonzo Ball’s shot into oblivion ☠️☠️☠️ pic.twitter.com/bh5zS4AZlH
— Jesse Foster (@Jesse__Foster) November 9, 2017
The adjustment was spectacularly unsuccessful.
Ball finished the game shooting just 4-of-15 from the floor in the 107-96 loss, lowering his field-goal percentage to a measly 29.5 percent. Among players to attempt at least 100 shots through their first 11 games, that’s the second-lowest percentage in the shot-clock era (since the 1954-55 season).