(1992) Michael Jordan’s “The Shrug Game”
On this day in history, June 3rd of 1992, Michael Jordan gave us one of the best Finals performances of all-time and one of the most famous and iconic moments in sports history. That moment was represented by a simple shrug by MJ as everybody in the arena and at home watching NBA on NBC was shaking their heads in disbelief. That shrug was the only way to explain how hot Jordan was after hitting his sixth 3-pointer in the first half against the Blazers in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals.
“I started running for the three-point line;
it felt like a free throw,” Jordan said after the game. “I set another goal … a reasonable, manageable goal that I could realistically achieve if I worked hard enough. I approached everything step by step.”
Jordan finished the game with 39 points (35 in the first half) and 11 assists with only 1 turnover in just 34 minutes as the Bulls beat the Blazers by 33 points. All you can do is shrug at those stats too.