The NBA playoffs provide us with some of basketball’s greatest moments. If you are a player who achieves greatness there, then your name is written in the annals of history with plenty of glories to enjoy.
If you make one of the worst playoff mistakes in NBA history, then you’ll be remembered in a much different way.
Do you remember these incidents happening on the court?
#1. Wilt’s Four
One of the best scorers in NBA history decided that he was only going to take four shorts during the 1968 playoff series against the 76ers. His team was built around what he could do around the rim, so his lack of presence cost them a chance at the title.
#2. 39 Points
The 2008 NBA finals had the Lakers looking to be the dominant force in the league. In Game 6, the fell flat for whatever reason, failing to play offense or defense in all four quarters. They wound up losing to the Boston Celtics by 39 points.
#3. Choking Charles
The New York Knicks were stomping down on the Chicago Bulls something fierce. They’d won twice, then lost the next two. That set up an epic Game 5 showdown. With 20 seconds left, Charles Smith had the ball for the Knicks right under the basket. Then he missed four consecutive shots. He didn’t even draw a foul. Chicago went on to win the game.
#4. Isiah’s Throw In
The 1987 playoffs between the Pistons and the Celtics are remembered for one specific play. Isiah Thomas attempted to throw in the ball while up by one point. There were five seconds left on the clock. Larry Bird stole the pass, made the layup, and the Celtics held on to win the series.
#5. The 1994 SuperSonics
This team, led by Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, held the best record in the NBA in 1994. They cruised through the Denver Nuggets during the first two games of the quarterfinals. Then they lost the remaining games to become the first No. 1 seed to fall to a No. 8 seed in the history of the league.
#6. Nick’s Free Throws
Nick Anderson went to the free throw line five times in game one of the 1995 NBA finals. He made just one of them. Orlando was up by four points when he started missing them. The Houston Rockets went down the court to make up the difference and win the game – even though there were only 5.6 seconds left in the game.
#7. Kobe’s Airball
Kobe Bryant came to the NBA straight out of high school. In Game 5 of the Western Conference Championship against the Utah Jazz, with the game tied at 89, he had a chance to make history. He threw up an airball instead. Then he kept doing it, throwing up a total of five terrible shots.
These are just a few of the biggest mistakes that have happened in NBA history. What are some of your favorite “least memorable” moments?