Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist powered home a vicious dunk on Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe on Wednesday night.
And based on the springs MKG displayed, it's clear that the recent revelation that he lost a game of one-on-one to 50-year-old Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has lifted a great weight off of his shoulders.
Either that, or he did a whole lot of Jordan film study after his embarrassing defeat. Whatever the case, the posterizing slam clearly tapped into something Jordan-esque.
Just like his boss used to to do, MKG followed up his spectacular offensive play by getting the job done on the other end:
For those of you fawning over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's dunk over Greg Monroe, also note that he guarded and blocked Greg's next shot.— Ball Don't Lie (@YahooBDL) February 21, 2013
After appearing to hit the rookie wall—Kidd-Gilchrist had been averaging just 3.8 points per game in February—he appears to have decided to jump over it. Good strategy.
Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of the play came afterward, as the Kentucky product openly marveled at the scoreboard replay of his high-flying smash. You've got to love a guy who appreciates highlights, even when they're his own.
Maybe he knew the play would be measured against the ones his teammates had pulled off earlier this year and wanted to see how it stacked up:
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Of course, because this is the Bobcats we're talking about, so the play didn't exactly galvanize his team's effort down the stretch. Despite getting the Kitties to within one, Detroit easily pulled away late, taking the game by a final score of 105-99.
Long after everyone forgets that result, though, both Kidd-Gilchrist and Monroe will always have the memory of being involved in one of the season's most stunning plays.