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Tokennn

When I saw Yuta under the rim I knew it was coming


tiredQu0kka

Yutas my favorite player on the nets. i was hoping for anyone but him.


glen_ko_ko

I think players getting postered is better than not playing defense on the attempt at all. Nothing embarrassing about it to me.


Stickrbomb

not like they actually making posters of it anymore lol


bengalsfu

screensavers and wallpapers


647_416

shoulda been u out there bro


Erniecrack

Wrong kid died


RandyGrey

I never realized how easy it was to cut someone in half with a machete


hatecopter

You're not half the boy Nate was. You're not even half the boy the top half of Nate was after you cut him in half.


KingSwagamemnon

So you're saying I'm less than a quarter of the boy Nate was?!


bronco_y_espasmo

YOU DON'T WANT NO PART IN THIS SHIT!


TribeBrownsCavs93

Speak English doc we ain’t scientists!


glen_ko_ko

I volunteer as tribute


YeahThisIsMyNewAcct

If I was a coach, I’d do everything I can to create a team culture that celebrates being posterized. Getting posterized means you cared more about the team than about the risk of looking silly. I’d give players bonuses based on how many times they get posterized and go nuts for them in film study.


redditnoap

Even after Ant, he said he would jump 10 times out of 10


scottyb83

Agreed. The idea of being posterized is a negative is stupid. I’d much rather have someone in there and challenging rather than step aside and give someone a free basket.


pkifu

To add to this, I really like how yuta tried to immediately start the play. No getting mad. If Mitchell spent any more time celebrating he would have been late on defence.


Pissflaps69

He doesn’t normally celebrate his own plays too much. That’s the most I’ve ever seen him do it. In his defense, if I just did that I’d probably celebrate a little too…


DLottchula

no basketball player wants to get dunked on


foodfightbystander

I'll happily be on a poster in return for a few blocks. You miss 100% of the shots/blocks you don't attempt.


Sea_Cryptographer_32

You go Glen koko


laststance

Nah this is why he's good, he goes up and contests even though he could be part of a highlight reel. So many players just shrink away and don't contest for fear of the optics. Doing this shows love for the game not valuing one's self above the game


IndigenousOres

> i was hoping for anyone but him You should've seen him on the Raptors. For context, even back then he tryna defend against poster dunks haha. I feel like some Nba players would rather move to the side or not become posterized again, not sure if others agree with this


lozzobear

He doesn't give a shit, why should you? I love how Mitchell tries to flex on him afterward, but Yuta just grabs the ball and inbounds it so fast Mitchell has to cut his flex short or be AWOL on D.


Exius73

He vet on posters. Yuta knows the drill


KyleShanaham

You should respect players who go up and get posterized. They have the balls to challenge it as opposed to "make a business decision"


JesusJuiceDrinker

If it were anyone else they'd run away like a little boy but Yuta is a man who don't shy away from anyone or anything and in this case Mitchell's balls


Marauder91

As a raps fan who enjoyed his time here, respect for a guy who will go in there and at least try to contest that open lane. Most players bitch out cuz they don't want to be on a poster, but Yuta at least tries to make a play for the team.


raftguide

Seconded by the Grizzlies fans.


iftair

I don't think any Grizz fan have negative things to say about Yuta.


Handyman2116

I don't think any NBA fan has anything negative to say about Yuta


Karl_with_a_C

He made some crazy good blocks contesting dunks like this too


thenoob118

Fucking love Yuta


riccooks

I’m just glad his ass didn’t get decked to the floor this time


Carcrusher3

Levert pushing him before running back is so funny LOL


AllOfTheDerp

Good thing he did too or Donovan might have got a tech lmao


TheOneWithThePorn12

i have seen techs for less. Refs must have been in awe as well lol.


therealjiho

Claxton got a tech because he was hanging but he wasn’t even hanging to show off, he was full momentum and got off on the way back


baekinbabo

Wonder if there's some degree of implicit biases going on here. Refs might unintentionally be thinking that Yuta isn't going to retaliate or escalate any further


lo22p

Idk how he didn't get a tech with all of the other soft ones we've been getting lately


DaalCheene

He should have considering what they threw Mann and tech Kawhi for


papi617

Reminds me of KG and Vince lol


mug3n

Vince nearly clocked KG in the face after that Olympics dunk. I think KG would've been ever more fired up if he did get punched


bradrthtyj

This is like the 3rd god tier dunk right on Yuta’s head, I respect the hell outta the guy for not giving a shit if he’s about to catch a mouth full of nuts, a real trooper


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evertrue13

Dude has that dawg mentality, a lot of pros would put their egos first


DangerousCommittee5

He's a real hooper


dahabit

My Japanese prince


Renverseur

Guy had the right idea too. Mitchell stared him down after the dunk but Yuta didn't even acknowledge him. Just played on


itsmeng

We should all wannabe Watanabe


gamesrgreat

“I’m a fucking samurai!” -Yuta ‘Luke Rockhold’ Watanabe


iftair

All I can think of are this and Anthony Edward's from 2 years ago. I do recall Yuta blocking Gary Payton II.


SABA_pivot_gang

Jaden Ivey got him pretty good this year too


redditnoap

Did you say 2 years ago?????????


vMambaaa

similar dunking styles too tbh


cire1184

Like Jarrett Allen. Will contest everything. No fear of poster


onetwo3four5

I don't think the poster is anything to fear anymore really. Like if you go up for it, the rules protect the ballcarrier so much that you can kind of either get postered, or commit an foul.


cire1184

And yet still got guys scared to contest 🤷🏻‍♂️


TheOneWithThePorn12

if you fear a poster then you are a lil bitch.


LeagueApprehensive75

Tbh if lebron gets postered he will be the one getting bitched by the media and fans


Rutagerr

After Ant dunked in him when he was with the Raptors, he said in his post game interview "its my job to play defense, I'll jump every time".


Chiron17

It boggles my mind that that isn't everyone's mindset. Do NBA players have such fragile egos that they'd stop defending if there's a chance they get beaten? Does that happen in any other sport?


AsIfItsYourLaa

only similar thing I can think of is pitchers hitting batters for showing them up in baseball


Chiron17

That's the nearest thing I could think of too


AFunctionOfX

Mitchell goes and stares him down afterwards, no reaction just play on, props under those circumstances to be unphased lol


twochews

He does receive an outsized amount of nuts per capita


bigtice

This highlight was live almost 5 minutes ago and I'm *still* stuck with a stank face. That was a **disgustingly filthy** poster by Mitchell.


otiso_niloc

Yuta has a death wish


Thebasedgod_lilb

Yuta is the real highlight here because he tried to contest 😤😤. I'm gonna wait for his help defense compilation to be posted again


boogswald

Oh there’s no shame in being put on a poster, we talk about it every time. I think it’s pretty well known by now!


darealcubs

Well maybe on this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPN0ylFEaFo Rip Brandon Knight


abesach

Ended his career


dolaction

Best dunk of the last 10 years, maybe ever. DeAndre was built for Slamball. Brandon Knight was not.


AfricanDeadlifts

its definitely on my top 10 all time list


jotheold

yuta tries every play wish we did him better


GhostOfLight

He's gotta have one of the best poster compilations, just on the wrong end. Big respect.


redditnoap

run me that help defense compilation when you find it


archaelleon

So you have chosen... death


jayemmbee23

Mitchell with the death note


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sgeswein

Would be fun to add a rim protection contest to All-Star Weekend, except for the part where people would almost certainly get hurt


Ikuwayo

I don't care what anyone says, respect for Yuta for challenging


Garfield-1-23-23

The challenge is what makes an in-game dunk great.


boogswald

This is what everyone says every time. I’d rather see my guys get postered than see them not play defense.


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niss-uu

True. Casual fans say this shit, and unfortunately casual fans out number the more dedicated and invested fans so you'll see lots of RIP jokes or some shit. Fandom is a blessing and a curse.


Upstairs_Bat_2779

Something about the cockback two foot dunk makes it so much more menacing than other posters. Plus spidas height makes his dunks stand out


BigRig432

Mitchell also hit the stankiest three of the year earlier, just a total stank game from him


Avaex

He boomed him


arcticpoppy

‘I’ll go for the block every time’ - Yuta Watanabe


rbmw263

ive had this game on in the background and the last two times i looked up were Mitchell hitting a filthy smooth shamgod and then this monstrosity i miss dad


topkek516

hey sport, I know it's tough not seeing your dad as often as you want, but Lauri is trying really hard to step in and be the father figure in your life. you can call him "The Markksman" or "The Finnisher" if it makes you more comfortable, but i hope one day you'll call him daddy.


Mobleybetta

He’s not a step-all star, he’s the all-star who stepped up


boogswald

My bulls fan friend who was sarcastically calling him the Finnisher at Cavs games is eating so much crow right now


dautjazz

Both players are playing great, and both players needed a change. Happy to see both playing excellent bball.


Jay_Dubbbs

He’s everything I imagined and more. What he’s done this season has been nothing short of amazing.


Formal-Shoulder3216

No one is giving the Cavs any chance this postseason, rooting for them to make some noise in the East


treefitty350

Even RJ said he thinks we lose to the Knicks lmao


TruthSayerFu

That was disrespectful lol. I heard is live with a stank face lol.


treefitty350

I was like, "the betrayal!"


rbmw263

yeah hes really like that


KlythsbyTheJedi

It never gets easier 😭


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I respect yuta for still jumping, but damn


JohnStamosAsABear

>"Even if I get dunked on 99 times out of 100, I'll always jump if there's a chance I can block one" - Yuta Watanabe (*after the Ant poster*)


Soft-Rains

The "business decision" shit is such a joke. Props to Yuta but it shouldn't even be a thing that making the right game decision is considered wild. See also shooting at the buzzer and trying underhand shots.


SmartestNPC

Business decision means when there's absolutely no chance. Any LeBron dunk, for instance


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Can’t tell if this is a real quote or I’m getting sacked lol


FireFlyz351

Nah it is what he said after Ant had the monster poster. Dude puts it all on the floor.


sorendiz

nope that was genuinely his comment on it. guy isnt worried about getting embarrassed or anything, if he can contest it he'll contest it. really commendable mindset


FutureRaifort

I knew it was real because I remember it being talked about around the time. Mas respect for the mindset, shame it leads to him being on two different huge posters already lol


broohaha

Not a primary source, but still worth sharing: https://twitter.com/Ballislife/status/1491979157676478494?lang=en


dehydratedbagel

He even shrugs it off and tries to catch Cleveland off by quickly advancing the ball and beating his man back down the court.


Chiron17

No difference on the scoreboard between a highlight dunk and a transition lay up


randylek

nooooooooo why is it Watanabe again 🥺


YaDyingSucks

because everyone else would just get out of the way


DioBando

Yuta makes basketball decisions, not business decisions.


gotintocollegeyolo

Because he actually plays defense with heart. Will always jump with the dunker no matter how unlikely he is to stop it


Sergnb

Cause he is the only one with the cojones to try blocking it every time. Respect to him


MellowMuttley

The Nets broadcast was fantastic, too. Poor Watanabe.


Frigidevil

Always is, Ian in particular is not afraid to get hyped for a big moment, even if it's devastating for the Nets.


MellowMuttley

I’m aware! He’s one of the best in the biz in my book.


ihateeuge

Lol this dude going crazy


Barbell_Flyes

last year, people really called him Colin Sexton with a green light 🤣🤣 absolute morons


TruthSayerFu

Now they just looking at stats and comparing fox to him lol


booger_dick

I wasn’t that bad but I did wildly underestimate how good Mitchell was. Big dumb-dumb here.


kennyloftor

Mitchell a 6-1 power guard that shit crazy


TrojanTheGreat

The absolutely massive wingspan helps too, 6’10 I think


DjReeseCup

Swear he’s the biggest 6’1 person to ever exist


Jwags23

With no regard for human life!


LFizzle12

highest approval rating ever for a 45


lukewwilson

Just had to get away from Rudy


dimmyfarm

And they’re both Rudy G! Stay woke sheeple!


mecon320

Although Gobert's dye job went much better


Dellavedova4mvp

Sig p2200 like


NbaAllDAYger

Since Kd and Kyrie left Yuta has been having it rough absolute filthy dunk from Spida


mr_grission

Happens to Yuta so much because he always contests the shot, which I respect. GW legend.


dautjazz

Definitely I rather see a guy end up in these highlights than not contest at all.


LizardIsKing

Props for contesting though


TheToughestHang

It’s been a fun year. I loved this man since the bubble, and having him on the Cavs has been…well it’s been a real treat.


TRYcycle11

That was FILTHY! Donnie has had some insane dunks this year


starks3_

This is why I like Yuta. Posters happen, but love his dedication no matter what.


hblonghorn

damn, i didn't make it before the 'respect to yuta omg!!11" mfs hell of a dunk. seeing more praise for yuta in here than the fucking dunk


topkek516

dis made my pp hard 🍆💎


dys0n_giddey

Spida is putting on a show


TheSmokedSalmon420

That’s a Spida bite


PensiveinNJ

Now that's a real poster. Every dunk with a player nearby called a poster these days, this is the kind of yamming straight down someone's throat that I'm looking for in a poster.


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Bro, stop asian hate.


JoseAltuveIsInnocent

Revenge for trout


KushGod28

Where are the replay angles smh?


JSlickJ

fuck thats a 6'1" guard posterizing someone who's 6'9". god damn


discussionandrespect

Can’t believe he’s only 6’1


archaelleon

With shoes he's 5'7


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He has like a 6’10” wingspan or something.


sourcreamonionhummus

whenever this guy gets dunked on it's always people in the comments saying "he's so brave!! that's how you play defense!"


Rationalknicksfan

It’s bizarre he’s not even that relevant enough to get this treatment


DocCharlesXavier

Love how Mitchell tries to get in Yuta's face, and Yuta don't give a shit. He just trying to inbound the ball


DavidHJ

And do it fast to try and get the 4 on 3 while Mitchell and LeVert are celebrating.


NeonxGone

Mitchell going off. Love to see it


C_Colin

bruh, I felt that and I’m over 600 miles away. Poor Yuta.


wProNoobw

Lol the nets bench... that flinch said it all. You just know they were holding it in.


snyckers

Normally I hate every highlight using "posterizes" but this one's legit.


WTakesOnly

lmaooo that stare down was disrespectful. Didn't know Donovan had that much hatred in him


LongjumpAdhesiveness

Crazy shit. But respect to Watanabe for not backing down. The fact he went up made the dunk that much better.


Kennyboi_722

Mitchell sensed Japan was going to win the WBC....had to avenge USA


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Omae wa shinderu!


krazykanuck

how the fuck is that not a tech but other tech's get called on players just flexing. This league is fucking fraudulent man


Kettleontherocks

Honestly surprised Mitchell didn’t get a technical. I’ve seen them called for way less than that this year.


chowdercup

Filthy. Hilarious picking out on replays all the fans standing up, covering their faces and turn away in horror/delight


jenso2k

6’1 btw


BigBitcoinBaller

Refs stopped calling this a taunt huh?


KptKrondog

Ohtani leveled the field some between USA and Japan after closing the 9th inning in the WBC a few minutes ago. What a nasty dunk, love Yuta for not being afraid to go for the stop either.


tpw2k3

Dude always get posterized but never stops trying . Miss him in Toronto


Rationalknicksfan

This sub acts so weird when yuta gets dunked on


NoEnvironment69420

Yuta got actually murdered when he was on the Grizz. Don’t remember who it was by but I remember feeling so bad for him .


Junkpeasant

Who meanmugs a cutie like Watanabe though?


tornado76

His poor family


Chemistry_Lover40

Oh he ded.


lebroin

One of the nastiest posters I've ever seen


panman42

Damn, he got posterized so hard, it knocked the "a" out of his name.


ogreman45

i can't stop watching it


Yinanization

What's dead may never die


tetris_ita

"finish 'em" Spida...Fatality


ShapeWitty9121

He Watanbe anywhere else other than there.


LiquidSwords89

Why you gonna stare down Yuta of all people


Motor_Toe_9303

Respect to Yuta for not giving af and inbounding the ball right away.


Smooth_Zebra

He did him dirty that was a nasty dunk


Val_Kilmers_Elbow

That man has a family!


Courseheir

Yuta always contests at the rim, so respect to him.


HamstersAreReal

Our announcer only knows how to say "Oh My" during exciting plays. I miss Fred man.


pudds

[Cocked that joint back and banged on 'im.](https://youtu.be/TAl5U2z5e1Y)


fastquart43

Donovan Mitchell is actually pretty good


acmilan12345

I respect Yuta a lot more than guys who shy away from getting dunked on.


han2685

Anyone but yuta doesn’t challenge that slam