Category Archives: 2000s

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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2006: Heat versus Mavericks Round One (D-Wade has Arrived)

Background With the acquisition of Shaquille O’Neal in 2004, the Miami Heat became immediate contenders. The franchise had previously lost in the 1997 and 2005 Eastern Conference Finals, but in 2006–with the return of Pat Riley to the bench as … Continue reading

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2005: Spurs versus Pistons (Duncan’s Third Finals)

Background After winning the 2003 NBA Finals, the Spurs looked well on their way to repeating the next season before Derek Fisher’s game-winner with 0.4 seconds left in game five of the Western Conference semifinals put San Antonio in a … Continue reading

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2004: Pistons versus Lakers Round Three (Motown Shocks the World)

Background The Pistons underwent a complete roster re-haul in the ’90s after winning the 1990 NBA Finals. The team attempted to rebuild around young All-Star Grant Hill, but the forward left in free agency in 2000. In a sign-and-trade with … Continue reading

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2003: Spurs versus Nets (Duncan at his Peak)

Background After winning the 1999 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs had emerged as one of the elite teams in the league. Despite their regular season success, they couldn’t reach the NBA Finals due to a rivalry with the Lakers, … Continue reading

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