Monthly Archives: August 2015

2012: Heat versus Thunder (LeBron’s First Ring)

Background After their collapse in the 2011 NBA Finals, the Heat refocused and returned in 2012 as one of the frontrunners for the title. In the lockout-shortened regular season, LeBron James put up stellar numbers leading Miami to 46 wins … Continue reading

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2011: Mavericks versus Heat (Dirk Takes Down the Heatles)

Background After losing in the 2006 NBA Finals, the Mavericks stormed through the regular season in 2007 and won a franchise-best 67 games but were shocked in the playoffs by the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors. Over the next few years, … Continue reading

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2010: Lakers versus Celtics (Los Angeles Repeats Again)

Background Coming off their 2009 NBA championship, the Lakers were determined to defend their title in 2010 and acquired former Defensive Player of the Year Ron Artest to start at small forward. The team raced out to a conference-best 57 … Continue reading

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2000s: Review

Teams in the Finals Five different teams managed to win titles in the 2000s, but two teams in specific certainly towered above the rest. The Los Angeles Lakers won a decade-best four championships thanks to a three-peat and a 2009 … Continue reading

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2009: Lakers versus Magic (Kobe’s Fourth Ring)

Background The Lakers lost in the 2008 NBA Finals, but Andrew Bynum returned from injury in the 2008-09 season to start at center, allowing Lamar Odom to move to the bench and bolstering the best front court in the league. … Continue reading

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2008: Celtics versus Lakers Round Four (The Rivalry Rekindled)

Background Despite reaching the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics struggled to rebuild in the mid-2000s and finished with only 24 wins in 2007. Boston made huge splashes the following off-season when they traded for 2004 NBA MVP Kevin Garnett … Continue reading

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2007: Spurs versus Cavaliers (LeBron’s First Finals)

Background In 2006, the Spurs lost a heartbreaking game seven to the Mavericks, preventing a shot at a repeat championship. A year later, San Antonio finished with 58 wins and the three seed out West, but their path to the … Continue reading

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