The 10 Best NBA Finals of All-Time

June 2nd, 2010 by Brian Mosgaller Leave a reply »
As we sit and wait (and wait and wait…) for this year’s NBA Finals between the Eastern Conference-champion Boston Celtics and the Western Conference-champion L.A. Lakers—who are meeting to decide the league title for the 12th time—it is a prime window for reflecting on the history of the NBA’s championship round. And in examining the past of NBA Finals’ match-ups, the questions emerge naturally: What makes for a “great” series? Is it familiarity, and, relatedly, contempt for one another? Is it two established teams, replete with recognizable faces and names and games, going at it tooth-and-nail for one last (or one more) taste of glory? Because if those are the primary measuring sticks, the 2010 rendition could soon fall into that category of great. Two teams, just two years removed from a Finals meeting, with a history and an animosity, and two franchises with deep reservoirs of both, dating back to their first Finals rendezvous, in 1962. Or, is a memorable series defined by competitiveness? Are great series really made by great plays and great games—moments frozen in time, seemingly capturing the essence of what a cham ...

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