Why the NBA Playoffs might be the best year in NBA history
It’s a truism that every NBA season is a celebration.
But in the 2010-11 season, every NBA team was the only one to reach the NBA Finals.
And that’s because every NBA playoff series was a close-out affair.
Each team would win a single game to earn its first postseason appearance since 1967.
There’s no doubt that this season’s series was the best in NBA Finals history.
We’re about to see if that’s true this time around.
As a basketball fan, I don’t care who wins or loses in the NBA playoffs.
But I do care who ends up on the other side of the ledger.
There are a lot of people who didn’t even make it into the NBA postseason that should be remembered.
Some of them deserve a lot more credit than they received.
Here are some of the more memorable moments from this year’s NBA Finals: 1.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat made history.
LeBron and Dwyane Wade won their respective teams’ first NBA championships.
They became the first NBA teammates to win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award (since 1986) and their second teammates to earn the NBA Most Valued Player award after Wade.
James became the only player in NBA History to have at least 11 triple-doubles, the most ever for a single player.
Wade became the youngest player in league history to reach 10,000 career points.
He also became the most valuable player in history.
He led the Heat to their first NBA Finals appearance since 2004.
The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 12-2 regular season, the biggest victory of his NBA career.
He scored 40 points in the final game of the regular season.
Kobe became the highest-scoring player in Lakers history with his 36 points in Game 6 against the Phoenix Suns.
He became the fourth player in franchise history to score 40+ points in a postseason.
LeBron scored 31 points in an 81-76 win over the Atlanta Hawks, the third-most points in one game by a player in the postseason (behind LeBron James’ 38 points in Games 6 and 7 of the 2012 NBA Finals).
He also had 16 rebounds, 11 assists, and three steals.
Dwight Howard led the Orlando Magic to a season-high 82-76 victory over the Houston Rockets, the fourth-largest victory by a Magic player in postseason history (behind James’ 40 points and eight assists in Games 4 and 5 of the 2013 NBA Finals and Kobe Bryant’s 20 points and nine rebounds in Game 7 of that series).
Howard scored 20 points in this one-point victory.
Tim Duncan became the seventh player in team history to record 30 or more points in four straight playoff games, the largest single-season scoring streak by a teammate in the playoffs (behind Kobe Bryant (31 points in 2013) and James (30 points in 2010).
Duncan scored 26 points in these games.
The Los Angeles Clippers became the third team in franchise History to win five straight games in the Western Conference Finals, a feat they haven’t accomplished since they won four straight from 1980-82.
This was the first time in franchise annals that the Clippers won five straight playoff series.
They also became just the second team in NBA Playoff history to win six straight series.
The other is the 1976-77 Utah Jazz.
James Harden became the 20th player in Los Angeles history to eclipse 1,000 points in his first NBA postseason, a record he reached on Dec. 10.
He now has 1,067 points in seven games, setting a record for most in a single postseason.
He is the third player in L.A. history to accomplish this feat, joining James Worthy (1,532 points) and Alonzo Mourning (1.569 points).
The Utah Jazz beat the Denver Nuggets 111-108 in Game 1 of the Western Finals.
It was the third straight series that the Jazz had won the series.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert made three 3-pointers in the closing seconds to help the Jazz win Game 1.
The Miami Heat won the Western Semi-Finals with a 120-113 win over Boston on Jan. 6, 2010.
Dwyann Luo and Chris Bosh each scored 25 points, but the Heat were unable to get past the Boston defense and ended up with a Game 7 loss.
LeBron won his first title and second MVP in Miami as he became the 13th player to win MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man of the Month, Sixth Best Player, Sixth in the East and Sixth in NBA Playoffs history.
The NBA Finals were the best ever for LeBron, who led the Cavaliers to the 2012 title.
The San Antonio Spurs reached the NBA finals for the firsttime since 1999, when they beat the Boston Celtics in seven straight games.