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Uploaded on Jul 12, 2008
In the game prior to this against Indiana, MJ would suffer a severely bruised thigh which nearly put him on the injured list. However, with the playoffs still in sight, there was no such thing as injuries of course. I believe a teammate looked at the swelling in MJ's leg in shock and said, "You're going to play with THAT!?" To which MJ said, "Yes".
And on it was against Yao's Rockets with the incredible, recent, ring-winner Posey getting the bulk of the 40-year-old-injured MJ for a 58% shooting night. Noticeably sliding on one leg, MJ's touch brought him into the zone while abusing the young Posey with his brains and will. But Houston clawed back to tie the game with an incredible run in the 4th where MJ would have to perform his miracle again. This time, his shot was a hair long so on it went to OT. Now, I was sure MJ's dead leg would render him a decoy in OT but as I should have known, an injured MJ is always a deadlier MJ since his will knows no boundaries. Going 5-5 in the last 3 minutes of OT to score all 10 points with several gorgeous fades, MJ incredibly managed to completely take over and dominate the game yet again for the nail in the coffin. It was absolutely stunning.
(For the record, MJ would go 3-5 in game-winners as a Wizard with this game being one of his rare misses.)