It’s near impossible to choose the best moments of Michael Jordan’s playing days, seeing as they aren’t necessarily few and far in between. Since it’s playoff season, we figured we’d narrow things down to his classic playoff moments, so without further ado, let’s check out a few of the best from the best.
Jordan vs. the 1989 Cavaliers – “The Shot”
The Cavs had beaten the Bulls in the regular season four times, so it was expected that they’d take the series in the playoffs. With the series tied at 2-2, Michael Jordan took things into his own hands, streaking across the middle and rising up near the free throw line to knock down the game-winning basket over Craig Ehlo. I think it went a little something like “Shot on Ehlo…it’s GOOD!”
Jordan vs the 1986 Celtics – “63”
Arriving on a less than amazing team in 1984, Michael quickly turned things around for the franchise with his coming out party taking place in the 1986 playoffs. Despite the fact that the Bulls would go on to lose the series, Jordan served up everyone of the Celtics squad en route to 63 points. For a showing like that against a team that had won 67 games in the regular season, Bill Walton described Jordan as “God disguised as Michael Jordan.”
Jordan vs the 1997 Jazz – “The Flu Game”
Although it’s been recently revealed that Jordan was afflicted with a case of food poisoning rather than the influenza virus, it doesn’t make his performance any less remarkable. The Jazz had been on a roll in the series, winning two straight games to tie things up and shift the momentum. Despite having a 103-degree fever, Jordan made the Jazz sick, sinking a go-ahead three-pointer to take the lead and hold off the Jazz in the game and series.
These moments don’t even scratch the surface when it comes to the great performances Jordan put together during his time in the league, but they do provide a glimpse.