Flashback #15: Pippen’s 1.8 Seconds (1994)

As of 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary on January 3rd, the station has begun to reveal (in chronological order) the Top 100 Chicago Sports Stories that have occurred since they first went on the air 20 years ago. Once all 100 of these “flashbacks” have been revealed, fans will be able to vote for which stories they believe are the most significant in the 20 year history of The Score. To see all of the Flashbacks that The Score has posted so far, please visit 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary page.

May 13, 1994 – Scottie Pippen’s 1.8 seconds game

With Michael Jordan out of the picture, it was Scottie Pippen’s show in Chicago.

Without Jordan, Pippen thrived, earning All-Star Game MVP honors and leading the Bulls in scoring, assists, blocks, and the entire league in steals, averaging 22.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.9 steals per game.

Long the No. 2 man to Jordan, Pippen finally had his chance to lead the Bulls, but when head coach Phil Jackson drew up a last-second play in the playoffs without giving Pippen the chance at the game-winning shot, Pippen had had enough.

It was Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals, and the Bulls trailed the Knicks 2-0 in the series. With 1.8 seconds left and the score tied at 102, Jackson designed the last play for rookie Toni Kukoc — Pippen was to inbound the ball.

Pippen was so angered by Jackson’s decision to not let him take the potential game-winner that he refused to leave the bench and re-enter the game when the timeout was over.

The Bulls won the game on Kukoc’s 23-footer at the buzzer, but Jackson was not happy.

“Scottie asked out of the play,” Jackson said.

The Bulls would eventually lose the series to the Knicks in seven games.

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  • baiju

    Scottie Pippen was second in steals in 93-94, and first in 94-95. But more than that correction, I just want to note how brilliant Scottie’s 93-94 campaign was. Jackson said it himself during an interview on WGN for Pippen’s jersey ceremony – commenting on how it was ironic that Scottie would be remembered for the 1.8 when he had an MVP type season otherwise. Prior to season’s start, the Bulls were branded by the Chicago and National media as a team that would flounder and barely reach .500 let alone the playoffs now that Michael had left. This shows the media’s poor understanding of the fact that basketball is a team game and its poor understanding of what Scottie Pippen was truly capable of in his prime. Well, all Scottie did was lead the bulls to 55 wins (and he missed the first 10 games of the season too as the Jordan and Pippen-less Bulls went 4-6). Furthermore, had it not been for the Hugh Hollins Phantom Foul, there is a very realistic chance that the Bulls would have been in the ECF against a Pacer team they dominated in the regular season. History likes to condense matters into soundbites, but sometimes 1.8 ain’t just 1.8.

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