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Published on Dec 19, 2006
Difficult calls for Utah Jazz fans to live with. Everyone knows that MJ pushed off on Bryon Russell on the go ahead shot in Game Six, and while it would have been very difficult for a ref to make the call against the premier player in the league there were two calls earlier in the game that may have changed the outcome of the game and given Jazz fans a Dick Bavetta complex.
Play one: Howard Eisley's three is taken away due to a called 24 second violation with the Jazz up 4 with approxiamately 9:50 to play in the second quarter.
Play two: Ron Harper hits a 2 point field goal as the shot clock expires to tie the game at 79 with 4:00 to play in the fourth quarter.
Refs were not allowed to review the video for shot clock violations in 1998, and if they could have the Jazz certainly would have been awarded Eisley's three in the 2nd and Harper would not have been awarded 2 points in the 4th.
The fact that the ball was 5 feet out of Eisley's hand with 1 second left on the clock leads some to wonder...
Game Seven would have been played in Utah, Scottie Pippen still would not have been one hundred percent, and the Jazz would have had all the momentum after winning two in a row to even the series at three a piece.
Michael Jordan clearly outplayed the Jazz in the final minute of the game, but it should have never come to that. So says a still bitter Jazz fan..flame away :).
Sorry for the Spanish play by play it was all I could find.