National Basketball League – Blocks in Individual Game Records

An effective succession of block shots might have the capability of giving any team a psychological advantage over their opponent as that can shake their confidence in their scoring abilities.

An effective succession of block shots might have the capability of giving any team a psychological advantage over their opponent as that can shake their confidence in their scoring abilities. In this context, check to get a glimpse of the blocks as witnessed by the world in NBL

In basketball contests, a block or blocked shot is said to take place when a defensive player lawfully deflects a field goal attempt from an attacking player to avoid scoring. A foul will be called if the defender makes touch with the attacking player’s hand (unless the defender is also in contact with the ball). The block must occur when the shot is moving upward or at its apex for it to be valid. A successful deflected field goal attempt counts as a successful field goal attempt for the shooter plus the points given to the shooting team, not as a blocked shot.

Why is Blocking Crucial in Basketball?

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Having a player who can block shots can help a team’s defence since they can make it tough for opponents to shoot close to the basket, and when they manage to retain the ball in play instead of swatting it out of bounds, a blocked shot can result in a fast break. As per reports, centres and power forwards tend to record the most blocks, largely because of their height and positioning close to the basket, but shorter players with exceptional jumping ability can also be blockers. However, a player must have excellent court knowledge, timing, and height or jumping ability to be an effective shot blocker. A shot-blocker may use intimidation to force opponents to adjust their shots, which will cause a miss.

Chase-Down Block:

When a teammate chases down an opponent who escaped the defence (like in a fast break) and blocks their shot attempt, the situation is known as a chase-down block. In order to stop a lay-up attempt by the opponent, it is frequently necessary to hit the ball into the backboard. Here’s a list of the maximum blocks, as recorded in a game, a half and a quarter in National Basketball League

Blocks:

  • Most blocks in a game: 17 by Elmore Smith, Los Angeles Lakers (vs. Portland Trail Blazers) on October 28, 1973
  • Most blocks in a half: 

> 11 by Elmore Smith, Los Angeles Lakers (vs. Portland Trail Blazers) on October 28, 1973

> 11 by George T. Johnson, San Antonio Spurs (vs. Golden State Warriors) on February 24, 1981

> 11 by Manute Bol, Washington Bullets (vs. Milwaukee Bucks) on December 12, 1985

  • Most blocks in a quarter: 

> 8 by Manute Bol, Washington Bullets (vs. Milwaukee Bucks) on December 12, 1985

> 8 by Manute Bol, Washington Bullets (vs. Indiana Pacers) on February 26, 1987

> 8 by Dikembe Mutombo, Philadelphia 76ers (at Chicago Bulls) on December 1, 2001

> 8 by Erick Dampier, Golden State Warriors (vs. Los Angeles Clippers) on April 17, 2002

As a whole, a lot of points are scored in basketball. Therefore, mastering the art of properly blocking the opponents’ scoring shots is considered a crucial ability needed to develop in a game. 

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