Matchup: Game 4 EC Semifinals, Bulls @ Cavs
Goat: Craig Ehlo
Career years: 1983-97
Career stats: 873 G, 8.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.3 BPG
"The Shot" played a big part in establishing Michael Jordan as a clutch playoff performer during his career. Jordan's game winner over Ehlo helped propel Chicago to an Eastern Conference Finals birth in 1989. His jumper is usually ranked very high on everyone's list as one of the most clutch shots in NBA history. Craig Ehlo went on to continue a long and relatively successful career in the NBA. He retired in '97 and went on to be a television analyst for Gonzaga's basketball team and then would become an assistant coach for Eastern Washington University. Now if only he would stop burning clothes in his driveway.
In an interview with Deadspin, Ehlo explained how his players would still bring up Jordan's game-winner to him when he was coaching at Eastern Washington.
"[At Eastern Washington], we'll go to practice, and the guys will have been watching ESPN Classic the night before, or that Gatorade commercial will come on, and when that happens practice always starts with those guys saying, 'Hey coach, you were on TV last night, I saw your play.' Then it goes into a big whole, you know-I have to tell the story about how the game went. It's a good thing; it's not a bad thing. I think the kids get a real kick out of it."