I could care less about either team in the NBA Finals but watching Dwight Howard and Michael Pietrus basically blow the game and an NBA championship got me thinking. Did Howard “choke” missing those two free throws? Did Pietrus “choke” missing the game winning shot? I say no. What won out last night was experience over inexperience. Derek Fisher, a veteran of the playoffs and the Finals, hit his two big shots. The leaders of the Lakers, D-Fish, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson all have plenty experience in the clutch. My point is this reminded me of the Bulls vs. Celtics series, experience vs. inexperience. The Baby Bulls, who are my NBA team, had the players and talent to beat the Celtics but when it came down to game seven, experience triumphed inexperience. None of the Bulls starters or on the bench, Brad Miller being an exception, did not have any previous game seven experience. Yes, they have plenty of players (Derek Rose, Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon) who have big game college experience but the NBA is quite different even in the first round of the playoffs. The Magic lost last night because Howard has never been put in the position of shooting free throws in the final seconds of an NBA Finals game to seal the win. All he needed was to make one and that didn’t happen because of his inexperience. As could be said of Peitrus missing the game winning shot. The Magic had an 87-82 lead with less than a minute left and could not pull out the win at home even in OT. Experience will always win out.
By Eric Melendez -
About the Author
Eric Melendez has been a life-long 49ers fan that bleeds Red and Gold. While growing up in Orange, CA he was behind enemy lines when the Rams played in Anaheim in the ’80s and most of the ’90s. This however allowed him to see the 49ers every year when they came into town as his dad had season tickets for the Rams. Having lived in San Francisco since 2008, his appreciation for the Niners has only grown as he is able to cheer on the 49ers with locals at the bar and attend home games.