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...]