With one minute and 17 seconds remaining in the first half of Thursday night’s preseason contest between the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers, the rim at Portland’s Moda Center shook as if tectonic plates shifted below the arena.

Seconds later, Twitter spiked miles away from the epicenter in all diretions, and the NBA community was stunned by a massive dunk from Gordon Hayward that has been dubbed “The Hayward Hammer.”

But for those who have been listening to Utah’s freshly re-signed star this offseason, his massive dunk over the Portland Trail Blazers’ 6-10 center Joel Freeland wasn’t much of a shock.

“I’m able to kind of just bully some people a little bit more than I was able to,” Gordon said recently, explaining his offseason strength training regimen.

Late in the second quarter, G-Time’s offseason work was on full display. No. 20 took a handoff from Trey Burke at the top of the key, curved around the right side of the Portland defense and soared from the right block, throwing the hammer down over Freeland for a monster jam that gave the Jazz a 53-52 lead.

The Jazz went on to post a 109-105 victory, their second straight over last year’s No. 5 seed in the West. G-Time finished with 14 points, five dimes, four boards, a steal and a block.

The play and Utah’s overall performance in just their second game under head coach Quin Snyder put the teams of the Western Conference on notice that they may have to welcome another playoff contender into the conversation this season.

The national NBA community took notice as well, and came from far and wide to Twitter, to tell the story of Hayward’s hammer.

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