My All Time NBA Choking Tier Rankings Tier 1: *Steph Curry and his Golden State Warriors choking away a 3-1 lead in the NBA finals *LeBron James forgetting how to play basketball in the 2011 finals *Nick "The Brick" Anderson missing four consecutive free throws in game one of the 1995 NBA finals * John Starks going 2 for 18 in game 7 of the 1994 NBA finals Tier 2: - Isiah throwing the ball away to Larry Bird in game five of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals - Tragic Johnson dribbling out the clock in game two of the 1984 NBA finals - The Portland jail Blazers blowing a 15 point lead in game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals - Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook choking away the 3-1 Thunder lead over the Warriors after Westbrook continuously mocked Curry during the series - Dennis Johnson going 0-14 in game 7 of the 78 finals - Charles Barkley and his Phoenix Suns choking away a 3-1 lead to Hakeem and the rockets culminating in the Mario Elie kiss of death death Tier 3: - James Hardens brutal game 6 with no Kawhi and no Tony Parker against the Spurs in 2017 - DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry shuttering in fear at LeBron James in the 2018 Eastern Conference semifinals and getting swept despite having the best record in the conference - Wilt Chamberlain not dominating a hobbled Willis Reed in game 7 of the 1970 NBA finals - James Harden and the rockets missing 27 three-pointers in a row in game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals Tier 4: * Patrick Ewing missing the layup in game 7 of the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals * Dirk Nowitzki leading the Mavericks to an MVP 67 win season and then getting "We Believed" by the Warriors in the first round * The #1 Seattle SuperSonics choking a 2-0 lead against the Denver Nuggets in the 1994 first round * Karl Malone missing both free throws at the end of game 1 in the 1997 finals after getting trash-talked by Scottie Pippen * Kobe Bryants 4 airballs against the Jazz in the 1997 Conference Finals * Latrell Sprewell choking out his coach PJ Carlesimo
Tier 4 should include both kawhi and duncan missing free throws to put away the heat in 2013. Kawhi was still growing and in his first finals at that point so I dont hold it against him as much... but with duncan I think it was straight up nerves.
I thought it was Ginobili and Leonard? I could be remembering different free throws though, Ive heard people say that the actual choking from the Spurs side was Tim Duncan missing the lay-up in game 7, which I dont even know if that was a choke I think Sh
>* Dirk Nowitzki leading the Mavericks to an MVP 67 win season and then getting "We Believed" by the Warriors in the first round * Avery Johnson coaching the Mavericks to 67 win season first place season and then getting dad-dicked by Don Nelson in th