In Search of the Best Playoff Series Ever – Part 5


Well, I’ve had more than enough time to mull things over at this point in regards to picking what I believe to be the greatest NBA playoff series I have ever seen. Of those discussed in detail throughout the week, I can find a reason to exclude just about any of them.

While I don’t like the idea of writing off a series based solely on the fact it took place in the first round, my argument that it could potentially mean more down the line isn’t evident in any of the candidates I’ve discussed. The 1993 Suns advanced beyond the Lakers in their Opening Round series but ultimately fell to the Bulls in the Finals. In 2006 their series against the Lakers was even better, but again it did not make a difference in whom would be crowned that season’s eventual champions. Same deal with the Celtics, Knicks, Mavericks and Warriors teams who have also been victors in some memorable Opening Round series. [Read more...]

In Search of the Best Playoff Series Ever – Part 4

With the Lakers and Magic set to tip-off the NBA Finals tonight, it’s fitting that on day four we would look back at some of the best championship rounds in recent memory. Unfortunately the championship round has been overshadowed as of late by many of these other series I’ve touched on. Following a seven-game series between the Rockets and Knicks in 1994, the NBA Finals have been a combination of four-game sweeps and complete domination at the hands of either the Chicago Bulls or Los Angeles Lakers. [Read more...]

In Search of the Best Playoff Series Ever – Part 3

On Tuesday, we looked back at some of the greatest playoff series I’ve ever seen played in the Western Conference. Today, we head East, where rival teams including the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks have helped make for some great matchups over the years. [Read more...]

In Search of the Best Playoff Series Ever – Part 2


In terms of true legitimate NBA superstars, I can’t remember a series that featured more than the 1997 Western Conference Finals. Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton – these guys weren’t just Hall of Famers, these were guys you could argue were among the one or two greatest ever to play their position.

As they have for about the past 100 years, the Jazz looked unbeatable on their home floor and jumped out to a 2-0 series lead. When the series shifted back to Houston, the Rockets fed of their home crowd all the way to a 118-100 blowout. It looked as if Game Four could be the turning point in the series as Utah would either take a commanding 3-1 lead heading home or watch Houston knot things up at two games apiece. [Read more...]

In Search of the Best Playoff Series Ever – Part 1


With the 2009 NBA Playoffs behind us and the 2009 NBA Finals about to begin, we were again reminded this year of how much the postseason has to offer basketball fans. A number of unbelievable games, we also had some great storylines including Dwyane Wade’s return to the playoffs following a one-year hiatus, we had one rival upset another rival in the Spurs-Mavericks series and we had what some are arguing could be the greatest series of all time in the matchup between the Celtics and Bulls. And just think, that was from the Opening Round alone!

Some have argued that the greatest playoff series of all time can’t take place in the first round because the chips aren’t as high, but I disagree with that philosophy. While I think a first-round series needs to stand out a little bit more to be in the discussion, I don’t think it’s fair to rule one out completely. Plenty of teams which have advanced all the way to the NBA Finals have been pushed to the brink on the Opening Round. Why would the impact of that series mean any less than the Semifinals matchup taking place just one round later? [Read more...]