Re: Michael Jordans last All-Star Fadeaway in 03
The playoffs are different in that a guy like Jordan would normally get doubled in such a point of the game, instead of almost having an iso play. And they are different in the psychology of the attacker, as well. It's just not as comforting to think that you have to win a playoff series than thinking that you have to win a single meaningless game.
Anyway, what you mentioned about the airball is also mute, since Kobe has made dozens of simular shots on that kinds of defense, so that airball doesn't really prove anything.