All season long Portland Trail Blazers fans have debated the merits of starting power forward Noah Vonleh. His statistical production ranges south of mediocre, leading some to proclaim him a bust. Transcendent moments of athletic brilliance redeem his image for others.
A couple of the latter happened tonight as the Trail Blazers faced the San Antonio Spurs. Just past the halfway mark of the first quarter, Vonleh came in uncontested off a Al-Farouq Aminu miss and elevated to eye level with the rim and packed it home.
He repeated the feat, although not to the same effect, later in the third quarter. This time, Vonleh came in to clean up a Lillard missed lay-up - and again no one boxed him out.