My Two Cents: NBA Finals Game Last Night

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.

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Tags: 2009 NBA Finals Game Four Ben Gordon Brad Miller Derek Fisher Derek Rose Dwight Howard Kirk Hinrich Kobe Bryant Michael Pietrus Phil Jackson

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