In Game 4, there was a travel that was so blatant even the refs saw it. They blew the whistle. Turnover. Pacers ball.
But just in case the refs were slipping, three of Indiana’s players made sure to help them out by making the travel signal. It was spur of the moment, but Paul George, David West, and Evan Turner looked more coordinated than most halftime dances.
In short, they did The Duhon. (GIF above via @MRat731)
Now, they didn’t pull it off as majestically as the reserve Orlando Magic point guard did from the bench back in the 2012 first round, while the Pacers were putting the “gentleman” in Gentleman Sweep against the Magic.
This is a crude rendition, really.
I mean, check out how Chris really gets his shoulders and neck into it while maintaining a straight back and a solid, shoulder-width base and getting into a deep knee bend.
There is some real funkdafied poetry in The Duhon.
Throw a beat on there and you really see the talent at work.
In fact, it was such a hit among the kids that he came on TV to reenact it once.
Then, Zach Harper of CBS Sports gave us the coup de grace.
The following season, Joey Crawford called a blocking foul and launched into the silliest signal this side of Leslie Nielsen. (Oddly enough, this too happened during a Pacers game.) Harper decided Crawford and Duhon needed to have a dance off.
Now, the Pacers lack of real rhythm during their collaborative Duhon outburst does leave something to be desired. But if they ever get sick of this whole basketball thing, there may be some synchronized swimming championships in their future.
Because between The Duhon above and the “Whyyyyy?” reaction they all had after a lane violation call during a game against the Hawks in round one, there are few collectives out there that could compete with this type of coordination.