Remember back in October when Draymond Green fouled Dennis Smith Jr on a dunk attempt? After the game Green said, “That shit ain’t happening. This ain’t summer league bro. Not just gonna dunk on nobody. Better luck next time.”
That next time happened early in the first quarter of Wednesday’s game and instead of trying to block the 2018 NBA Dunk contest favorite, Draymond quickly moved out of the way to avoid the possibility of ending up on a poster. You can watch the play with two replays at the 1:09 mark of the following video.
Unlike Draymond, Kevin Durant wasn’t afraid of challenging Smith at the rim. He also had a few words for Smith after the third quarter dunk attempt.
A few minutes later, Smith took the challenge of trying to make a highlight out of Steph Curry. Despite slipping and sliding a little, Curry played pretty good defense until he bailed out Smith with a foul.
Smith finished with a team-high 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting in 30 minutes during the loss. It was his his 10th game with 20 points, which moves him past Jason Kidd and Jimmy Jackson into sixth place on the all-time Mavs rookie list (via Bobby Karalla).