Rookie Kevin McHale (12pts/Defense) vs. Rockets (1981 Finals) (Game 2)

As insignificant as 12 points might seem for Kevin McHale, this was actually his best game of the 1981 Finals. The rookie wasn’t yet all that trusted by coach Bill Fitch, however, we can see that his signature tools are already there. Now knowing how his career ended, it’s understandable that those are plays from a Hall of Famer in the making. One of his baskets (a open free-throw line jumper) wasn’t included since CBS felt the need for a random Moses zoom-in while McHale was taking the shot. May 7, 1981, NBA Finals.



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