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Hassan Whiteside Gives Kevin Garentt Exploding Noema Moment

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“It’s called ‘exploding noema’. It’s a theory of psychoanalysis that describes the exact startling moment when the brain can’t reconcile the difference between what should be and what actually is. It’s one of the great lines in the movie, How to Rob a Bank.

It was also the very real experience of Kevin Garnett tonight when he was going up for the dunk one minute, and then out of nowhere, Hassan Whiteside was destroying his shot, ego, world and any trash talkiness he might ever try to send Whiteside’s way in the future.

The word you’re looking for is “ouch.”

That moment that Garnett’s posterior met paint is probably about when he did his world-reconciling and realized that no, this ball was not going to get dunked right now.

Whiteside would go on to have a triple-double with 22 points, 14 boards and 10 blocks in the losing effort.

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