Tracy McGrady Shows Us He Lives, Can Still Dunk (and Then Hurts Ankle)

Holly MacKenzie@stackmackNBA Lead BloggerMay 4, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 20: Tracy McGrady #1 of the Atlanta Hawks moves against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 20, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 90-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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I was all ready to write this post with the headline "Tracy McGrady Lives" until McGrady closed out a brilliant Game 3 first half versus the Boston Celtics by rolling his ankle when he came down on Rajon Rondo's foot after a jump shot.

Tough break for the Atlanta Hawks, who are already without Josh Smith, Al Horford and Zaza Pachulia.

McGrady returned to the floor for the third quarter, but that ankle has got to be feeling less than pleasant.

After a quiet, uh, season, McGrady put in 10 points, six rebounds, an assist and a steal in the first half, while also taking us all back in time a few years with a throwdown that seemed to defy everything that the last few years of his career has taught us. 

It was fun. Hopefully the ankle won't prevent him from being able to have an impact on this game and in the series. 

And seriously, if someone told you McGrady was going to drop a spin move and throw down in Boston, would you have believed them? Pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to picture it. Nice to see he still has ups. Occasionally. Sparingly, even.