Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis give funny reactions to Enes Kanter’s monster dunk vs. Hawks
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter can surely dunk, but we just don’t see it very often.
However, the 27-year-old Turkish big man reminded fans inside the TD Garden on Friday that he can still throw it down from time to time, punching in a ferocious one-handed poster over Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len.
MY GOODNESS KANTER 😱 pic.twitter.com/mKiHQXXOS6
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 4, 2020
The Celtics went on to win their second consecutive win by escaping Atlanta 109-106, as Kanter provided a good boost with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes.
His poster dunk remains as one of the best highlights of the evening, prompting teammates Daniel Theis and Jaylen Brown to poke fun at their flat-footed center postgame.
Theis, who sealed the game with a game-winning block, shared how the Celtics often tease Kanter about his lack of hops.
“Everyone went crazy for him. We’ve been giving a lot of shit like he can’t jump and he’s been proving us wrong,” Theis said, per Brian Robb.
The team’s rising star Brown, meanwhile, quipped that Kanter’s dunk should take care of his VISA issues.
Jaylen Brown on Enes Kanter’s late-game dunk: “Man, give that man his passport.”
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) January 4, 2020
Enes Kanter, of course, is still dealing with immigration issues as backlash for being a vocal critic of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Despite his lingering off-court issues, Kanter has fit quite well under coach Brad Stevens’ system and seems to be enjoying his first year in Beantown.
Often chastised in the past for being a defensive liability at his position, Kanter silenced doubters by registering a career-best six blocks to go along with 13 points and 14 rebounds against the Charlotte Hornets last Thursday.
Kanter is averaging 8.8 points on 58.1 percent shooting from the field to go along with 7.9 rebounds in his first stint in Boston.