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In May of 1999 when former San Antonio Spurs player, Sean Elliot made what is now known as his Memorial Day Miracle three point shot, during the game with the Portland Trailblazers, Spurs fans rejoiced. For it was that shot that propelled the team from the Alamo City to go on to the NBA Finals championship for that year.
And yesterday (or April 19th 2008) when Manu Ginobili passed the ball to an open Tim Duncan in the final seconds of the double overtime first round playoff game with the Phoenix Suns, it all happened so fast that even yours truly was not certain what took place until a replay of the shot was shown.
But what did occur was Tim Duncan, a non three point shooter specialist made a three point shot to set up the Spurs for an unexpected victory. Why unexpected? Because the new and improved Shaq included, Phoenix Suns led all the way during the contest.
In fact, at one time the team from Phoenix had a sixteen point lead over the Spurs. Later on, long after the game was over, Tim Duncan said that Spurs coach, Greg Popovich set up the shot that way. Great coaching move, Pop.
And on a personal note, maybe, just maybe Tim Duncan has been practising that shot because you never know when during the course of such an exciting game, it will, you know, be your turn to make such an essential shot.
Since this is Fiesta week in San Antonio, I call the Tim Duncan three point shot the Tim Duncan Fiesta Three Point Shot. And what a shot it was!
And for all you basketball fans out there, a reader from another website added this bit. In 1970 Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers hit a last second shot from 60 feet away. And even though the New York Nicks won that game, it has gone down in NBA history as being one of the most memorable shots.
Peace and unity begin with all of us- Judy Ramsook