15.) The Atlanta Hawks get swept by the Orlando Magic in the 2nd round of the 2010 playoffs by the Orlando Magic, by an average of 25 points per game. If you looked up mediocrity in the dictionary, a team picture of the 2010 Atlanta Hawks would be starring right back at you. After this stunning display of ordinariness how did the Hawks respond? By giving the PAINFULLY average Joe Johnson a 6 year $126 million dollar deal.
14.) Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks 2007 Choke Job vs. the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs, after winning 67 games during the regular season. Fresh of their collapse in the 2006 NBA finals where they blew a 2-0 lead to the Miami Wade’s, the Mavericks and the 2007 MVP were PUNKED by the Baron Davis and the Golden State Warriors, furthering the narrative that Dirk was softer than the fur on French Montana’s fur coat.
13.) The Portland Trailblazers give up 15 point 4th quarter lead to the LA Lakers in Game 7, after being down 3-1 in the series. In 2000 the “Jailblazers” could have squelched an impending Lakers dynasty, but instead they choked away a 15 point 4th quarter lead, which when you look at their roster makes all the sense in the world.
12.) Tracy McGrady and the Orlando Magic Collapse vs. the Detroit Pistons after being up 3-1 in the series. Remember those Kobe vs. T-Mac comparisons? El Oh El. McGrady Said, “we’re looking forward to our next opponent.” The Magic then went out and lost game5 by 31 and games 6 and 7 by 15 points a piece. Please Enjoy McGrady making an ass out of himself .
11.) Kobe Bryant 4 Air Balls in the 1997 Playoffs. This was the ultimate learning experience and we all came to know that Kobe Bean Bryant doesn’t fear the “moment”. But, at the time him shooting 4 air balls in an elimination game with Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel and Shaquille O’Neal on the floor left everyone scratching their heads.
10.) Scottie Pippen gets a “Migraine” in game 7 of the 1990 Eastern Conference Finals. Hmmmmm, so funny how the narrative can change on a player over the course of time. Scottie Pippen was once thought of as fragile and soft, but after winning 6 championships and gutting out a back injury in the 1998 finals, his legacy is unmarked. But, you know MJ never let him live this moment down.
9.) Charles Smith in the game 5 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals vs the Chicago Bulls gets his shot repeatedly sent by Bulls defenders. Depending on whom you are a fan off this highlight is either a comedy reel or a horror show. Enjoy.
8.) Just dunk the damn ball Patrick!!!!! 1995…Game 7 of the Eastern Confence Semi-Finals…Knicks vs the Pacers. Madison Square Garden…The Mecca… 7-1 Center Patrick Ewing drives the lane with the game on the line, and instead of throwing it down, Pat tries to lay the ball in. This missed lay-up signaled the end of the Knicks as a contender for the NBA championship. Rumor has it that after the Ewing’s shot careened off the rim that if you listened closely enough, you could actually hear the sound of the New York Knicks championship window closing.
7.) Michael Jordan AKA the Goat AKA black Jesus returned to the NBA in 1995 after an 18 month layoff, and he had his moments, but he also had some “other” moments. Including, getting ripped by Nick Anderson in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. He was wearing #45 in that game, he promptly switched back to #23 after Nick Anderson took his loaf of bread. Don’t you wish there was a “First Take” then, so we’d have video footage of Skelator and Hairline talking about how the GOAT had lost his “Clutch Gene”?
6.) Speaking of Nick Anderson, poor Nick Anderson. In Game 1 of the 1995 finals the heavily favored Orlando Magic were in position to win vs. the Houston Rockets, when Nick Anderson missed 4 straight free throws, submarining the series and his career, as he was never the same. This….. Is painful to watch.
5.) The Los Angeles Lakers blow a 24 point lead in game 4 of the 2008 NBA finals, sigh. The Lakers finally got rolling early against the defensive juggernaut Boston Celtics, only to gag away the lead. If you’re a Lakers fan or watch the Lakers often you know that giving up big early leads is just par for the course. This Loss set the table for the drubbing in game 6, in which the Celtics beat the Lakers by 39 points.
4.) Karl Malone in Game 1 of the 1997 NBA finals vs. the Chicago Bulls. Malone missed 2 free-throws with 12 seconds left that would have given the Jazz the lead and a chance to steal home court from the Chicago Bulls. Scottie Pippen walked by Malone and whispered, “the mailman doesn’t deliver on Sundays.” Malone, the MVP that year, went right ahead and peed down his leg and missed both free-throws. The Bulls gained possession and “you know who” hit the game winner as time expired.
3.) LeBron James VS. the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Before LBJ took his talents to South Beach in the summer of 2010, he pulled a disappearing in the biggest game of the season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Makes you wonder if his mind was already on bird watching in Miami, because he looked lost against the Boston Celtics.
2.) Magic “Tragic” Johnson gets ripped to shreds by the media and opponents for his lackluster performance in the “clutch” in the 1984 NBA Finals, his first matchup against rival Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics. For some reason he dribbled out the clock when Game 2 was tied and the Lakers lost in overtime. He committed a costly turnover that sent Game 4 to overtime and missed two free throws that would’ve tied the score. The Lakers still made it to Game 7…where Johnson lost the ball with just under a minute remaining, all but sealing the title for the Celtics.
1.) John Starks shoots 2-18 in Game 7 of the 1994 NBA finals, going 0-10 in the 4th quarter. The struggle that night was beyond authentic, as you can see poor John Starks who worked his way up from the CBA, to starting for the New York Knicks. This short highlight pretty much sums up John Starks night, as he was in his own personal hell.