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Rocks #9 on list of Clutch Teams List

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by Timing, Nov 5, 2001.

  1. Timing

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    I have no idea how the 99 Rams rate ahead of the Rockets. They were more of a surprise team than they were clutch. List of Clutch Teams list, that's nice... :)

    http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/clutchteams.html

    1. 1984-85 Villanova men's basketball team
    Rollie Massimino's Wildcats were close to perfection from the floor (22-for-28) and the free-throw line (22-for-27) to upset heavily-favored Georgetown in the NCAA title game.

    2. 1986 New York Mets
    The Mets staged great comebacks in Game 6 of the NLCS against Houston and Game 6 in the World Series against the Red Sox (the Buckner Game).

    3. 1953-54 Milan High School
    The "Hoosiers" team, the only small school ever to win the Indiana state prep title, upsetting Muncie Central in the finals on a last-second shot by Bobby Plump (Jimmy Chitwood in the movie).

    4. 1993 Montreal Canadiens
    Set an NHL record with 10 overtime wins en route to the Stanley Cup title, including an NHL-record six on the road and an NHL-record tying four at home. (They played 20 games in the playoff that year, 10 went into OT and they won all of them). Current Flyer John LeClair scored two of the OT winners in the finals for Montreal.

    5. 1999 St. Louis Rams
    Came out of nowhere behind unknown QB Kurt Warner to make the playoffs, nipped Tampa Bay in an NFC championship defensive struggle, and stopped the Titans on the 1-yard-line as time expired to win the Super Bowl after taking the lead on a 73-yard TD toss to Isaac Bruce with 1:54 remaining.

    5. 1991 Minnesota Twins
    Kirby Puckett's great catch and homer in Game 6 and Jack Morris' classic 10-inning, 1-0 masterpiece over John Smoltz and the Braves in Game 7 (plus Chuck Knoblauch's game-saving deke of Lonnie Smith in the eighth inning) led the small-market Twinkies to their second World Series title in five years.

    6. 1997-98 Chicago Bulls
    Running on fumes with Scottie Pippen injured in Finals, Michael Jordan stole the ball from Karl Malone and made the Finals-ending shot in Utah for the Bulls' third straight NBA title and sixth in eight years. (You knew we'd have an MJ team on the list.)

    7. 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
    Outscored overall by the Yankees by an overwhelming margin, the Bucs won four one-run games, including a classic Game 7 on Mazeroski's homer in the bottom of the ninth.

    8. 1968-69 Boston Celtics
    Boston beat the L.A. Lakers (with Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor) on the road in Game 7. The Celts also won an earlier game on a buzzer-beater by Sam Jones.

    9. 1994-95 Houston Rockets
    "Clutch City" was born in Houston in '95. The Rockets might have struggled in the regular season (finishing sixth in the West with a 47-35 record), but the defending champs were unbeatable in the playoffs. Houston became the first team to eliminate four 50-win teams (including rallying from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Phoenix in the West semis) as they swept Shaq's Magic out of the Finals.

    10. 1958 Baltimore Colts
    Led by Johnny Unitas, the Colts came back to tie the NFL title game late, then beat the New York Giants 23-17 in overtime in "The Greatest Game Ever Played."

    Also receiving votes:

    1969-70 New York Knicks: Beat the Lakers (with Wilt and West) twice -- Game 5 and Game 7 -- after Knicks center Willis Reed was seriously injured, and was able to play only a few minutes in the title game.

    1979-80 L.A. Lakers: Rookie point guard Magic Johnson played center, scoring 42 points, in Game 6 after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was injured.

    1991-92 Duke Blue Devils: Beat Kentucky in East Regional finals on Christian Laettner's miracle shot and went on to win second straight title.

    1988-89 San Francisco 49ers: In one of Joe Montana's most clutch moments, the Niners drove 92 yards for a TD with 34 seconds left to edge the Bengals in the Super Bowl

    1999-2000 New Jersey Devils: Set an NHL record with 10 road playoff wins and rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Flyers in the Eastern Conference finals.

    1983-84 Boston Celtics: Gerald Henderson steals the ball to save Game 2 of the Finals, then the C's win in OT on the road in L.A. in Game 4 and finish off the series in seven.
     
  2. Rocketability

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    DAMMITT! They don't even mention Hakeem's name. :mad:
     
  3. Rocketman95

    Rocketman95 Hangout Boy

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    Seriously, some people will never be happy.
     
  4. Hail The Dream!

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    What an enjoyable list to read.
     
  5. Nutcracker

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    cant believe they did not mention ( i hate to mention this ) NC state against phi slamma jamma
     
  6. Rocketability

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    They will have it on the Fluke Teams list. :p
     
  7. HayesStreet

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    Doh!

    If you're going to torture us why not throw in Buffalo. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about...

    Doh!
     
  8. TraJ

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    I could have sworn clutch city was born in '94.
     
  9. Nutcracker

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    haha.. thanks for reminding me about that one.. :mad: ;)
     
  10. krosfyah

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    Cluth City was born in the 94-95 season. Since it was playoffs, that would make it 1995.
     
  11. ricealum

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    Originally posted by krosfyah
    Uh... nope. The 93-94 Rockets went from Choke City to Clutch City on the road in Phoenix down 0-2. The 94-95 Rockets were "Double Clutch."

    Speaking of missing teams, how about the '88 (?) Dodgers with that clutch home run by Kirk Gibson? No one gave them a shot against either the Mets or the A's...
     
  12. Colt45

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    I thought Clutch City was born after the Rockets came back to beat the Suns in the '94 playoffs. In any case, it HAD to be before the playoffs in '95 because the championship video from the '93 - '94 season is titled, "Clutch City".
     
  13. Sonny

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    Where are the 1985 Bears on that list??? :mad:
     
  14. A-Train

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    They're on the "Shutting out two playoff opponents and trouncing an overmatched Patriots team 55-10" list. Not much clutch there...

    Hell, all they had to do was show up in New Orleans to beat New England that day :)
     
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    6. 1997-98 Chicago Bulls
    Running on fumes with Scottie Pippen injured in Finals, Michael Jordan stole the ball from Karl Malone and made the Finals-ending shot in Utah for the Bulls' third straight NBA title and sixth in eight years. (You knew we'd have an MJ team on the list.)

    I know the Bulls were better than the Bears.. If you make that argument how could the 5times champions be clutch....
     
  16. A-Train

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    You can't compare a football team to a basketball team...apples and oranges...

    How was MJ not clutch? Game six of the NBA finals, close game, Jordan steals the ball from Malone, goes down the floor (without calling a time out), and hits the game winning shot with only seconds left...that's not clutch? Not to mention that they beat Indiana in seven games in the EC Finals

    Meanwhile, the Bears shut out BOTH their playoff opponents in '86, and had Superbowl XX won by halftime against a Patriots team that BARELY qualified for the playoffs at 9-7...

    "Clutch" means to come through when it's all on the line. The Bears never had anything on the line
     
  17. francis 4 prez

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    Damn I read right over that "clutch city was born in 1995" thing without giving it a second thought. How could I slip up with such an important thing as down 0-2 to phoenix. I feel ashamed. As should all you other people who are at a website named after the event and didn't even catch the error.
     
  18. Toast

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    I STILL hate that 86 Mets team :mad:
     
  19. HayesStreet

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    Hell, I still hate the Mets period. (Is this hate speech?)
     

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