He Could Have Been A HERO Of The NBA FINALS...

11. Stu 2020.
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Many fans remember the 2009 Finals as the stage where Kobe Bryant managed to win his first title without Shaquille O’Neal. Yet, despite the Lakers’ 4-1 win against the Orlando Magic, that series was much closer than the score would lead you to believe. And to this day, one of the biggest what if moments is the play where Magic guard Courtney Lee had a chance to win Game 2 in Los Angeles, which would have tied the series.
A forgotten moment that could have changed a lot of things. Let me explain.
What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
In Game 1, Kobe had torched the Magic for 40 points in a Lakers victory. However, in Game 2, Stan Van Gundy’s men came out more focused, keeping the game close all the way, mostly thanks to Rashard Lewis 34-point, 11-rebound performance.
At the end of the fourth quarter, Kobe had a chance to give his team the lead, but his shot was blocked from behind by Hedo Turkoglu. Though the buzzer had gone off, the Magic, thanks to a timeout call, were eventually given 0.6 seconds on the clock.
That meant Van Gundy would have to design the perfect play.
The Magic had had some experience with such plays. In 2007, against the Spurs, though Brian Hill was the Head Coach, Turkoglu, after a timeout, made a perfect alley-oop pass with 0.8 seconds to go. Dwight Howard connected, dunking the ball at the buzzer, giving the Magic the win.
Initially, due to good defensive movement by the Lakers, the Magic called another time-out.
For the second attempt, however, Van Gundy slightly modified the plan. What followed was a moment that all Magic fans most likely want to forget.
Lee, who was in his rookie season, thanks to a Lewis screen on Kobe, used his clear path towards the rim, jumped, got the ball mid-air, tried to bank it in, but the ball went out after touching the front side of the rim.
A couple of things simply must be taken into consideration.
First, the shot wasn’t nearly as easy as it seemed at first glance, so it’s unfair to criticise the player for missing such an attempt from a difficult angle while being contested by Pau Gasol.
Second, purists would say two things.
Number one. That Kobe Bryant actually committed a foul when he grabbed Lee’s arm as the rookie ran by Lewis’ screen to unsuccessfully slow him down. Though they may actually be right, those calls, simply put, aren’t given in the Finals. Had it been called, though, that would be an away from the play foul call. Needless to say the Magic would most likely win it-
Number two. That Pau Gasol actually should have been whistled for goaltending because his right hand grazed the net and his fingers hit the rim. Even Phil Jackson himself said that, though that might have been part of the Zen Master’s mind games to mess with Lee and the Magic. This one, too, though, by Finals standards shouldn’t have been whistled because Lee’s shot wouldn’t have gone in either way.
To add more salt to the wound of Magic, after the miss, Howard had a putback dunk but it came after the sound of the buzzer.
The visitors, though they tried to hide it, were demoralised. They put up a great fight in the overtime period as well, but, in the end, the Lakers prevailed.
Despite their bounce-back win in Game 3, the Magic suffered the backbreaker in the following match, which made it 3-1. That game is most remembered for Derek Fisher’s clutch three pointers, one of which sent the game into overtime. So Orlando once again was in a position to win, but the basketball gods simply had other plans.
A Game 5 victory in Florida saw the Lakers become champions for the first time after seven years.
That Lee miss still haunts Magic fans, mostly because it symbolises that, though Kobe was on a mission to prove that he could win the chip without Shaq, they were up there with the Lakers and could, some would even say should, have at least made it a series.
Definitely an iconic, though somewhat forgotten, Finals moment.
These forgotten moments are super fun for me to make, so let me know if you enjoy watching as much as I love making them. That’s it for now, subscribe and talk to you in the next one. Peace out.

  • This will haunt us Magic fans forever...

    Guss What?Guss What?Prije 17 dana
  • It would’ve been 4-2 so it doesn’t matter

    Sam RoopSam RoopPrije 28 dana

    Shaquille OatmealShaquille OatmealPrije mjesec
  • Haha man was at this game with my dad.

    eh meeh mePrije mjesec
  • Let me get a heat cheque heat cheque heat cheque heat cheque heat cheque heat cheque let me get a heat cheque heat cheque heat cheque let me get a heat cheque heat cheque yuh

    hypeaz gaminghypeaz gamingPrije 2 mjeseci
  • When I saw this title i thought it wass gonna be kyle lowry missed the corner three of game 5 of nba finals to win.

    Zoravar SamraZoravar SamraPrije 2 mjeseci
  • Foot ssundee

    Pranav MoorthyPranav MoorthyPrije 2 mjeseci
  • You forgot to mention jameer nelson who missed the entire playoffs and only played in the finals. Rafer alston had better chemistry that time with magic throughout the whole playoffs

    Tig RanTig RanPrije 2 mjeseci
  • maybe pau gasol didn't touch the rim

    ANO NA DOGIEANO NA DOGIEPrije 2 mjeseci
  • Jameer nelson ruin their offense when he came back to play in the final.

    Ďùpăś ŤhŕèèĎùpăś ŤhŕèèPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Gasol touched the rim isn't that goaltend

    Henry XiaoHenry XiaoPrije 3 mjeseci
  • I met Courtney Lee at the Jay and Beyoncé concert and I asked him about this and she just shook his head .

    Blunt SessionsBlunt SessionsPrije 3 mjeseci
  • prosprts are rigged. stop being fan boys and wake up

    DreamWarriorDreamWarriorPrije 3 mjeseci
  • That magic team was lethal. Dominant big man in the middle surrounded by gunners

    RAPSFAN 905RAPSFAN 905Prije 3 mjeseci
  • Its a Goaltending

    Kid CamalKid CamalPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Suprised it hit the board too, that pass was too far out

    SklouchechiSklouchechiPrije 3 mjeseci
  • There's this play, and then there's the mo williams play from the series before this one, which was fairly similar

    Crack the CodeCrack the CodePrije 3 mjeseci
  • That’s an incredibly difficult shot

    Aaronballer21Aaronballer21Prije 3 mjeseci
  • that goal tending is the big deal

    Min GoMin GoPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Nobody... Literally Nobody.... 3:53 🤣

    SaucyBilly14SaucyBilly14Prije 3 mjeseci
  • "TUR KOG LU"

    archeil decastilloarcheil decastilloPrije 3 mjeseci
  • that's intersting...i think that hold by Kobe was more damanging. Notice by the time Lee got to the ball, the ball was on its way down making the shot that much more difficult.

    \/ibestr\/ibestrPrije 3 mjeseci
  • 11 years later, Howard won a championship in a Lakers uniform.

    Francis CaysipFrancis CaysipPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Courtney Lee sucks. He could not get that in!!! If I was that person probably will end up as a turnover

    Jericho RoqueJericho RoquePrije 3 mjeseci
  • It’s like Dwight carrying his whole team but it wasn’t

    Epic ExperimentEpic ExperimentPrije 3 mjeseci
  • who else though this was about danny *brick* green

    Dog McstuffinsDog McstuffinsPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Kobe carried again.

    gabegabePrije 3 mjeseci
  • I think that miss was an older version of Danny Green's game 5 brick shot I would really like to see more forgotten moments these moments are fun to watch.

    KYS 2.0KYS 2.0Prije 3 mjeseci
  • I just made a top 10 prep to pro NBA players list video and didn't even look deep enough into Rashard Lewis to know he scored 34 points in this game you're talking about. I have him at 9th between Monta Ellis and Jermaine O'Neal. I do remember watching this series but mentioning the 34 point game he had, that would've been a good point to make but oh well. My video is over 20 minutes anyways.

    Showtime NickShowtime NickPrije 3 mjeseci
  • I remember watching all 5 games live!

    Showtime NickShowtime NickPrije 3 mjeseci
  • no, this series wasnt closer than you thought.

    Summer 1724Summer 1724Prije 3 mjeseci
  • Just imagine shaq watching this

    lol gotemlol gotemPrije 3 mjeseci
  • you got me to subsribe for this.

    Inspirational DistancingInspirational DistancingPrije 3 mjeseci
  • I think Howard missed a clutch FT or two in one of those games

    BluebirdfallingBluebirdfallingPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Magic wasnt even suppose to make the finals an injured Kevin Garnett wasnt playing and the celtics still pushed the magic to a game 7

    Tom Riddle VoldemontTom Riddle VoldemontPrije 3 mjeseci
    • After that kevin garnett slowly declined he was never the same player again

      Tom Riddle VoldemontTom Riddle VoldemontPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Magic wasnt even suppose to make the finals an injured Kevin Garnett wasnt playing and the celtics still pushed the magic to a game 7

    Tom Riddle VoldemontTom Riddle VoldemontPrije 3 mjeseci
  • LA fan here.... My heart stopped when Lee had the ball in the air I will never forget this moment 😂

    D JD JPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Hedo cheated the entire Basketball fans all over the world when he tested Positive to PED. Should have been LEBRON VS KOBE in the Finals

    MJ SMJ SPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Iluminatti controls NBA ang hollywood..

    NeW KinGNeW KinGPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Lol Gasol clarly touched the rim and net, so it was a clear goaltending and the basket should have counted anyways

    Kumamon KumamotoKumamon KumamotoPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Jesus loves you all❤️, allow him into your heart

    Marvin PetionMarvin PetionPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Jesus loves you all❤️, allow him into your heart

    Marvin PetionMarvin PetionPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Jesus loves you all❤️, allow him into your heart

    Marvin PetionMarvin PetionPrije 3 mjeseci
  • you davidvecham

    ジョルジオつね汚ジョルジオつね汚Prije 3 mjeseci
  • Man I have been waiting for so long for someone to make video about this moment! I need to say that I am dissapointed because that u didnt give enough credit to Hedo on that block and timeout call...

    ismail öz özdemirismail öz özdemirPrije 3 mjeseci
  • No way 😔 can't believe you manage to notice this moment , i thought i was the only one to know that Courtney lee was a good player 😁 "the guy on the magic with a mask" me as a 12 year old nba fan

    J StokesJ StokesPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Oof travel and a missed layup 😅

    A UA UPrije 3 mjeseci
  • For me the OG game between Boston and Detroit where Larry Bird stole the inbound pass of Isiah Thomas,then he turns makes the pass to Dennis Johnson ,who then makes a difficult layup for the win...

    pete bolopete boloPrije 3 mjeseci
  • And yall going too pay for not letting it happen on my mama 🙂😘

    Thunder FoxThunder FoxPrije 3 mjeseci
  • that Magic team was one of my favorite!

    pururutpururutPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Nonsense

    Romell NierraRomell NierraPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Because the last decade hasn't been bad enough for Magic fans, now you make me relieve this moment. Gonna go cry myself to sleep tonight, thanks

    Nathan WooleyNathan WooleyPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Turkoglu tho. 👌

    Mico DungcaMico DungcaPrije 3 mjeseci
  • The momentum carried him out of the angle and that was an overhand layup which is prone to overshooting coming off a very fast take off and he caught it so deep underneath the rim.

    Hector RitualoHector RitualoPrije 3 mjeseci
  • That aint no goaltending he didnt even touch the ball yet

    Joey MacandileJoey MacandilePrije 3 mjeseci
  • we do all know nba wanted lakers to win every finals

    ronskyronskyPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Kobe managed to get 2 rings without Shaq, as the ultimate star of the NBA. Shaq had to be CARRIED be Wade to get another ring.

    LoveSalsaLoveSalsaPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Wow I completely forgot about this. Nice n refreshing you bringing this.

    Alexander AlvarezAlexander AlvarezPrije 3 mjeseci
  • He probably should've taken off on two feet instead of one

    QueenCityKidQueenCityKidPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Ah such pain for the magic, to add to that, in game 4 Howard missed two free throws before that (inexplainable uncontested) game tying three by Fisher

    Maarten van ZuilichemMaarten van ZuilichemPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Duuuwwwddee, wheyta rub it ien

    maxthereofmaxthereofPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Hi Stefan, Are there players who perform better in the Playoffs than the regular season? Looking forward for a respond 😊

    richin exerichin exePrije 3 mjeseci
  • i got this game record in my vcr, great to see someone remembering

    Ignacio SánchezIgnacio SánchezPrije 3 mjeseci
  • I remember watching this .. I think he was a rookie that year !

    HighLife RinaldiHighLife RinaldiPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Still remember this. Was totally rooting for Orlando!

    Alfher Carlo HidalgoAlfher Carlo HidalgoPrije 3 mjeseci
  • If my counting has been correct: Heat Check is now 22-62(35.4%) at end of video shooting. (Not counted was 1 blurred shot which was hard to see if it went in or not and another that was made off-camera. Oh, and 1 real life 3PT.)

    Brian Paul AndayaBrian Paul AndayaPrije 3 mjeseci
  • I think the pass was the bad one

    MarcoMarcoPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Quality content as usual.

    Buster VesterBuster VesterPrije 3 mjeseci
  • The lost lay up at the end is an easter age😂

    jimmos 10jimmos 10Prije 3 mjeseci
  • Great vid make more forgotten clips

    Farhan RazaFarhan RazaPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Stefen is the new Brandon night after that layup😂

    Sole reviewsSole reviewsPrije 3 mjeseci
  • I love your content. I always learn a lot

    Saint-J KSaint-J KPrije 3 mjeseci
  • That Alston and Nelson changed up in the Finals cost the Magic the Championship

    ms takenms takenPrije 3 mjeseci
  • its all about the NBA favoring the shitty Lakers...

    emofoundemofoundPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Nobody talks about the missed call on Kobe when he elbowed Nelson in the head which lead to Fisher knocking down a wide open 3 at the end of game 4, that's definitely a series changer

    jarrod whelanjarrod whelanPrije 3 mjeseci
    • Wouldn't even come down to that scenario if Howard atleast hits 1 of his 2 free throws in the previous possession

      Alexis CandoAlexis CandoPrije 3 mjeseci
  • I remember watching this when I was 10 years old. He would've won that game and probably extend the series to Game 6 and would've helped their chances to win the championship.

    Rigil OlegarioRigil OlegarioPrije 3 mjeseci
  • @3:54 Way to commit to the content lol

    Vergel Glenn CostalesVergel Glenn CostalesPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Rofl to that layup. Almost spilled the coffee all over the laptop. Loved the video, would love to see more videos on this category. Thanks so much as always and peace out! ;)

    DouganTheMightyDouganTheMightyPrije 3 mjeseci
  • That should have been counted as a good basket. At 1:52 or so, you can clearly see Gasol touched the rim. Thats goaltending.

    Chris Munoz - Mr. I Do Everything!Chris Munoz - Mr. I Do Everything!Prije 3 mjeseci
  • I really liked this team. Too bad they never had a shot again

    CKGCKGPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Hedo is Michael Jordan of Turkey..🏀✌️ on that Orlando Team. Almost win the Chip on that Year.

    Glenn AlexanderssonGlenn AlexanderssonPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Always taking cheap shots at kobe

    Jaywen AbioJaywen AbioPrije 3 mjeseci
  • 1:38 I quit my work with the help of, *p a i d t o b e h o m e .c o m*

    Srat ShowgSrat ShowgPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Score was 88 a piece. For a second I thought it was only 3rd quarter

    Tamtam MicabaloTamtam MicabaloPrije 3 mjeseci
  • 3:14 "basketball gods"?? nah. it was the officials making sure ALL the calls went LA's way and against Orlando. You see Jameer Nelson on the floor? Fisher elbowed him seconds before hitting that 3, and there was no call. These 5 games were all officiated in LA's favor. The games that were close could have gone Orlando's way. They played well. Hedo was the unsung hero of that series, that showed for the first time in a long time that a Point Forward was a viable alternative to running the floor (as LeBron would later do). Yeah, I remember this series well. I remember all the bullshit too. People were quick to forget the bullshit because it was Kobe's first without Shaq. But it was mired in sooo much bull.

    homiefromflhomiefromflPrije 3 mjeseci
  • is this heat check guy gay ?

    Maj CarMaj CarPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Heyyyy! I see you implemented the suggestion I made bro where you use the move or scenario you just discussed. Thank you for listening to your fans! Keep up the good work!

    pclydewynnpclydewynnPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Courtney Lee: *missed a clutch game-winning layup with 0.6 second in the shot clock Stevan: *missed a wide open layup with all the time in the world

    akirafarisakirafarisPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Thank you for this kind of content! We appreciate looking back at forgotten and underrated moments and players in history.

    MicksanityMicksanityPrije 3 mjeseci
  • 3:41 Great! Thank you!!

    Algedi BarriosAlgedi BarriosPrije 3 mjeseci
  • 3:55 Hahahahahaha!!!! Genius!! Great video! Thank you!!

    Algedi BarriosAlgedi BarriosPrije 3 mjeseci
  • You love making this kind of vedio and i love more watching this kind of vedio so keep going broda . Love from Nepal 🇳🇵❤️

    0011 Sherpa0011 SherpaPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Lol

    ChorezChorezPrije 3 mjeseci
  • I still vividly recall this play.

    Steven CarreonSteven CarreonPrije 3 mjeseci
  • I loovvvvveeeee watching them!

    Rain PatchRain PatchPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Lee missed the game winning layup bro dwight Howard would have stayed with the Orlando magic. Don't forget they had Rashard Lewis.

    Noah JonesNoah JonesPrije 3 mjeseci
  • "Nice shot" MJ Gatorade ad voice...

    Francisco SamirFrancisco SamirPrije 3 mjeseci
  • 1:52 isnt that goaltending? he literally hit the rim as the ball hit the backboard? couldnt him pushing the rim upwards move the whole backboard?

    VVPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Quality Content as alwayss #Heatcheck baby!!

    JiTir FlatscreenJiTir FlatscreenPrije 3 mjeseci
  • Dat miss !

    NerienNerienPrije 3 mjeseci