And it turns out Arturo and myself actually view this as a bad play. First, it turns out this was a play designed to get Kareem the ball close to the hoop. So let’s examine the play full out to show why a play designed to get Kareem an easy shot went so wrong.
It starts out fairly calmly, McHale on Magic. And doing decent D, he pushes Magic away from the hoop.
We see Kareem is posting up. He’s guarded by Parish but Parish is clearly eyeing Magic.
Parish takes the bait. Now McHale and Parish are on Magic and Larry’s standing by.
Kareem rushes into the fray. The Celtics have Dennis Johnson and Parish ready for the board. If it bounces left, the Lakers have a chance for a quick put back if Kareem can grab it (the game clock is at 2 seconds). If it bounces right, the Celtics probably grab the board and it’s all over.
As a final note, some may want to say Magic may not have been able to make that pass. Sure, keep telling yourself that. Magic could make a great pass falling down and covered!
No seriously, it’s #1 on that list.