VIDEO: Brook Lopez gobbles up Deandre Ayton with massive slam in Game 6
Who said Brook Lopez was soft?
Midway through the third quarter, Bucks guard Jrue Holiday drove baseline, attracting the help defense of Ayton. Lopez made the perfect cut to the rim, with Holiday dishing to him for the emphatic in-your-face throwdown on Ayton. Come for the dunk, stay for the bench reaction.
BROOK LOPEZ OMG
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 21, 2021
That’s center on center crime right there.
Unfortunately for Ayton, he’s been on the wrong end of highlight plays by the Bucks all series long. He was blocked by Giannis Antetokounmpo in a crucial play in Game 3 and now got embarrassed by a 33-year-old Lopez, who jumps as high as a can of tuna.
Lopez has been maligned for his lack of physicality and affinity to shoot outside shots. But he’s played his role perfectly for the Bucks, being an instrumental figure in the team’s surge in recent years. Splash Mountain has also been a respected locker room presence, being the most seasoned player of the Bucks.
Even though he hasn’t put up eye-popping numbers, it’s not totally crazy to say that Brook Lopez has outplayed Deandre Ayton in the NBA Finals.