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1969: Celtics versus Lakers Round Seven (Russell’s Last Season)

Background Heading into the 1969 season, it was suspected that both Sam Jones and Bill Russell would retire. Expectations were low as many thought this year would be the end of the Celtics’ dynasty. Nevertheless, they won 48 games in … Continue reading

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1970: Knicks versus Lakers Round Three (New York’s First Title)

Background After losing in the 1953 NBA Finals, the Knicks struggled throughout the ’60s before returning to playoff contention in 1969 thanks to the arrival of defensive stalwart Dave DeBusschere. The team lost in the Eastern Conference Finals, but the … Continue reading

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1972: Lakers versus Knicks Round Four (L.A.’s Sensational Streak)

Background With the aging Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, the 1972 Lakers were expected to be a rebuilding team. After a 6-3 start, Baylor retired, but the team embarked on a 33-game winning streak that remains the longest in NBA … Continue reading

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1973: Knicks versus Lakers Round Five (Wilt’s Last Season)

Background The Knicks were shorthanded when they lost the 1972 NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers, and they returned a year later with vengeance in mind. Though the team reeled off 57 regular season wins, they still only finished … 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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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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