Craig Ehlo and The Shot
There was a time when Cleveland Cavaliers position forward/guard Craig Ehlo was known as the “Utah Jazz Killer.” That is until Michael Jordan came along 20 years ago today.
Before winning his six NBA titles, Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were down to the wire against Cleveland in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Ehlo along with Ron Harper, Mark Price, Brad Daugherty and Larry Nance had swept the season series with the Bulls.
Ehlo appeared to have sealed the decisive game five with with on a layup with four seconds left to give the Cavs a 100-99 lead. Following a Chicago timeout, Jordan was double-teamed by Craig Ehlo and Larry Nance on the inbounds play. Jordan pushed off of Nance to get open and hit a jumper in front of the Richfield Coliseum foul line to win the game.
Jordan leapt into the air and pumped his fist while Ehlo capalsed in agongy. The shot signaled the beginning of the Bulls dynasty.
Following the shot, Ehlo and the Cavs were never overcome the Bulls. They lost to Jordan and company in the conference finals in 1992 as well as the conference semifinals the following year.
Ehlo left Cleveland in 1993 for the Atlanta Hawks, where we has joined by Lenny Wilkens, who resigned as head coach following first round loss by the Bulls.
Following three seasons with the Hawks, Ehlo suited up for the Seattle Super Sonics for one season.