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Craig Ehlo talks about being on the wrong end of history

Nov 16, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

It is one of the defining moments of Michael Jordan’s career.

Chicago was down 100-99 to Cleveland with three seconds left in a deciding Game 5 (it was a best-of-five playoff series back then). The Cavs were ahead because of Craig Ehlo — Chicago had forgot to defend him on the last play and he had hit a layup before Jordan could recover.

The Bulls had just three seconds to score, miss and they go home.

Ehlo was defending Jordan and was on the wrong end of history, something he talked about with

“I was in a dead run, so I flew right by him with my hand in his face,” Ehlo said. “People always say that I played good defense because I had a hand in his face. He was able to hang in the air for a longer period of time than I was, and let me fly by… The rest is history.”

Now 22 years later, Ehlo is philosophical about the play for which he is most remembered.

“Everybody has a great signature moment,” says Ehlo. “My signature moment came on a bad side, but I still consider it a great signature moment.”

  1. mgscott - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Ehlo was a good player for the Cavs. Never should have been the one in MJ’s face during that shot.

  2. 140chrviolation - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    I don’t know… I’ve had a chance to watch some of those games between that era of Cavs team and those Bulls. Ehlo had some really good series against the Bulls and I remember him making some big defensive plays while defending Jordan. He had a number of nice steals and blocks on Jordan over the years and was very good at making things tough for the GOAT.

    I just wonder who should have been defending Jordan?

  3. viewfromcleveland - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:45 PM

    I’ve always said Elho was fouled on his go-ahead layup. If he’d have made the foul shot then the Cavs would’ve been up by 2 and Jordan’s shot would’ve only sent the game to OT, or Chicago would’ve had to have taken a 3-pointer. Not that I’m still bitter or anything.

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