In the NBA, there are emphatic blocks and there are smart blocks.
Sure, stuffing the crap out of a shot attempt, leaving a mark on the ball, and sending it into the 10th row is exciting as hell.
But it's not nearly as effective as the "Tim Duncan block"—rejecting a shot and keeping the ball in play in order to retain possession and possibly spark a fast break.
Last night, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert combined the two on a dunk attempt from Carmelo Anthony, deflating the New York Knicks star by sending the ball back from whence it came—straight into the floorboards and into the hands of a teammate sprinting to the other end of the floor.
Despite being violently rejected, Anthony was insanely efficient—30 points on 13-of-20 shooting, with 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and just 2 turnovers—to lead his Knicks to a 118-111 overtime victory.