Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of that gut-wrenching Kawhi Leonard game-winner from last year's NBA postseason, the shot that torpedoed the Sixers' chances at an NBA Finals berth, and helped end the short-lived Jimmy Butler era in Philadelphia.
It was, objectively, one of the most memorable shots in NBA history, so with the entire professional sports world on hold, everyone and their uncle decided to look back on the shot on Tuesday, starting bright and early in the morning.
National sports outlets like ESPN and Bleacher Report plastered perfectly-cut videos of the moment on social media timelines. The NBA, and of course the Raptors, shared their all-too-pleased content. Even NFL reporter Adam Schefter dipped his toes in the Kawhi Shot waters:
One year ago today, this shot from Kawhi Leonard and this other shot from Mark Blinch of Getty Images. pic.twitter.com/FCV9jU1EJS— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 12, 2020
Which is pretty brutal for Sixers fans, who can't distract themselves with the postseason run their team was supposed to be making around this time of year. They just have memories of last year.
Different fans handled it in their own ways, but it wasn't pretty:
One year ago tonight...I know you’ll see the Kawhi shot plenty today. Here’s my what my phone was doing while we all watched on @NBCSPhilly set. Different reactions, same feeling 😔. pic.twitter.com/Vcd81oOLNv— Amy Fadool Kane (@amyfadoolNBCS) May 12, 2020
The Kawhi shot was one year ago today, already. Sucks that had to happen against the Sixers! Now we get to look back on this day with disappointment regularly.— Brian Sloane (@Brian_Sloane) May 12, 2020
Thanks for ruining my day Adam.— Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS) May 12, 2020
sixers fans, they're going to try to hurt us today, but remember — pic.twitter.com/hbBGHMO6Qw— Zainab Javed ✨ (@zrjaved) May 12, 2020
They would have lost in overtime! Get over it!— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) May 12, 2020
Might take a day off twitter today— Patrick Araya (@PatrickAraya95) May 12, 2020
Knock it off— Zo (@Tweets_By_Zo) May 12, 2020
the most talented Sixers team of my lifetime lost on a game-7 four-bouncing fall-away-prayer from the corner and it just had to produce a picture that will be brought up forever. salt, meet wound. https://t.co/xwfWKtRsL9— socially distant sports fan (@legsanity) May 12, 2020
This could only happen to a Philly team. It's incredible https://t.co/HaWpTppjh4— BeetleJer (@helloitmejer) May 12, 2020
I still have no idea how he got that shot up over Embiid... Smh https://t.co/DU1qztGD04— Branden W. Lewis (@branden_lewis23) May 12, 2020
Worst day in NBA history 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/YMmSPhEcC1— Michael Greger (@mike_greger) May 12, 2020
Sixers fans are in the middle of a pandemic... And you post this? pic.twitter.com/sV010f6WMA— Rob Hodge (@RobHodge_) May 12, 2020
Don't put the Kawhi shot in the same category of heart-breaking as:— Jack Fritz (@JackFritzWIP) May 12, 2020
1. Ronde Barber
2. Joe Carter
3. Ryan Howard
Luckily, the Sixers seemed to know this might be coming, so they put together a pretty neat video of players interacting with fans in this time of social distancing, a cool come-together piece for Philly's hoops die-hards:
Just put that on repeat. It's a good way to forget ... that shot.
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