They called it “The Shot”. As it was replayed a million times in television they talked about it over and over again. For the Chicago fans it was “The Shot” that gave them redemption and a start of the Bulls NBA championship era. But for Cleveland it was a shot that haunted them for ages.
Craig Ehlo who was a defensive stopper tried to block the shot with 3 seconds left in the ball game but Michael Jordan decided to hang in the air and was left wide open with a buzzer beating jumper. It was a shot that the Cleveland fans talk about, a shot that gave them nightmares for 20 years. Fast forward Cleveland Cavaliers had only 1 NBA finals appearance since 1989 which was 18 years in the making the pain started to become a memory and the memory a mere flashback. Craig Ehlo had his redemption when Byron Russell suffered the same fate in the 1998 NBA finals and for the Cleveland fans redemption comes in a form of a high arching three point shot by Lebron James last Friday. The ghost of “The Shot” came to haunt them when Hedo Turkoglo came up with a running jumper but Hedo’s mistake was he left 1 second on the shot clock. Mo Williams was the designated inbound passer and as the referee started counting with Williams given only 5 seconds to inbound the ball….two, three, four and James in a split second was open and James knock the ball with Hedo defending. People who were starting to leave the arena were in shock and awe to know their beloved Cavaliers won. Lebron was sprinting with his teammates giving him a hug. It was an unbelievable shot…
Now the memory of Michael Jordan giving a dagger in every Cleveland fans heart was quickly erase by the same jersey no. who gave a heartbreaking shot against the Orlando Magic.
The Cavaliers have yet to won the conference finals having down by Orlando by a game (2-1). But it was a shot worth watching for “The Shot” that simply erase a bad memory in that fateful 1989 game.
“I’m upset at Michael Jordan. Not because he always seemed to make big shots to beat us, but because the game-winning basket he made against us in the 1989 playoffs has been in Gatorade commercials. You can see me trying to stop him in the commercial, but I’m not getting any royalties and I know he is.”
Don’t worry Craig it’s now Hedo’s turn.