Monthly Archives: July 2014

1987: Lakers versus Celtics Round Three (Larry’s Last Finals)

Background 1986 was only the second time during the decade that the Los Angeles Lakers would miss the NBA Finals. In 1987, the Lakers made a resurgence in the regular season after trading for former number one overall pick Mychal … Continue reading

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1986: Celtics versus Rockets Round Two (The Twin Towers)

Background In 1986, the Celtics looked to retool their bench, a major weakness in the 1985 NBA Finals against the Lakers. They traded aging forward Cedric Maxwell to the Los Angeles Clippers for former MVP Bill Walton and traded backup … Continue reading

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1985: Lakers versus Celtics Round Two (L.A. Wants Revenge)

Background The Lakers ran away with a Western Conference best 62 wins. In the playoffs, Los Angeles swept Phoenix, defeated Portland in five games, and took five games to beat the upstart Denver Nuggets–a team playing in its first Western … Continue reading

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1984: Celtics versus Lakers Round One (The Rivalry Rekindled)

Background In 1984, the Celtics returned to the NBA Finals three years after their championship in 1981. Led by league MVP Larry Bird, Boston won 62 games in the regular season and defeated the Washington Bullets in five games, the … Continue reading

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1983: Lakers versus Sixers Round Three (Fo’, fi’, fo’)

Background After signing Moses Malone, the Philadelphia 76ers recorded an impressive 65 regular season wins, three shy of their franchise record from 1967 with Wilt Chamberlain. Just like Wilt, Malone was awarded the league MVP, his second straight and third … Continue reading

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1982: Lakers versus Sixers Round Two (Philly Wants Revenge)

Background The Lakers stormed through the regular season, winning 57 games despite the firing of head coach Paul Westhead due to a conflict with guard Magic Johnson. Pat Riley replaced Westhead 11 games into the season, and the team fell … Continue reading

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