2011 NBA Playoff Oklahoma Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies. Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) looks to pass the ball to a teammate after saving it from going out of bounds. Photo by Greg Nelson

I shot this image while on assignment for Sports Illustrated during the NBA Playoffs in Oklahoma City. I chose to shoot a looser frame because the sellout crowd was wearing blue t-shits provided by the home team, which made for a really nice background in all directions. If you follow the players when they attempt to save a ball from going out of bounds, the reaction on the faces of the people in the stands that they are about to hit…can also make for a fun action shot.

Greg Nelson

Greg NelsonGreg Nelson is a Dallas based sports photographer and frequent contributor to Sports Illustrated.


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