Looking back at “The Shot,” Michael Jordan’s game-winning jumper in the clinching game of the Eastern Conference opening round playoff series, Craig Ehlo admits he has regret.
If he could do it over again, the former Cavaliers’ guard said he would have defended Jordan differently, and been prepared to not have help.
“That’s probably where I made my biggest mistake,” Ehlo said on The Charity Stripe podcast.
The Cavaliers knew the Bulls were going to go to Jordan at the top of the key. So they had forward Larry Nance up top and Ehlo closer to the 3-point line. The plan was for Nance to force Jordan towards mid-court away from the basket. But Jordan juked Nance, darting towards half-court before retreating closer to the hoop. Nance bit on the fake.
“I was kind of standing lazily, not in a great defensive position, because I thought I had somebody in front of him that was going to deny him the basketball,” Ehlo said.