Monthly Archives: September 2015

1976: Celtics versus Suns (Hondo’s Last Finals)

Background Coming off their 1974 NBA championship season, Boston was the favorite to win back-to-back titles. In 1975, the Celtics won 60 games but were disappointed when their bid for a repeat championship ended with a loss to the underdog … Continue reading

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1977: Trailblazers versus 76ers (Bill Walton and Blazermania)

Background The Trailblazers entered the league in 1970 and struggled in their first few seasons before hiring new head coach Jack Ramsay and acquiring Maurice Lucas during the dispersal draft that followed the ABA-NBA merger of 1976. Paired with 1974 … Continue reading

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1978: Bullets versus SuperSonics (Wes Wins his Ring)

Background Despite reaching the NBA Finals in 1971 and 1975, the Bullets failed to win a single game in the championship series as they were swept both times. Midway through the 1977 season, Washington traded for Tom Henderson to replace … Continue reading

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1979: SuperSonics versus Bullets (Seattle’s Sweet Redemption)

Background After losing a tough seven game series in the 1978 NBA Finals, the SuperSonics returned the following season with the roster largely intact (aside from the departure of center Marvin Webster) and acquired Lonnie Shelton to start at power … Continue reading

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2015: Warriors versus Cavaliers Round One (Golden State’s Long Wait)

Background The Warriors returned to contention in 2012 after five straight lottery seasons following their 2007 upset of the Dallas Mavericks. After losing in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, Mark Jackson was fired as head coach and the … Continue reading

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2014: Spurs versus Heat (San Antonio’s Sweet Revenge)

Background The Spurs were seconds away from winning the 2013 NBA championship but lost in heartbreaking fashion in seven games. Regaining their composure, San Antonio marched through the 2014 regular season to a league-best 62 wins, earning Gregg Popovich the … Continue reading

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2013: Heat versus Spurs (Miami’s Miraculous Repeat)

Background The Heat won the 2012 championship and embarked on a quest to repeat in 2013. LeBron James carried the team to a league-best 66 wins, including a 27-game win streak that nearly surpassed the NBA record of 33 games … Continue reading

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