Category Archives: NBA Basketball

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers and Western Conference Finals Sweeps

SEASON WINNER LOSER
1. 1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks Chicago Bulls
2. 1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers Los Angeles Lakers
3. 1981-82 Los Angeles Lakers San Antonio Spurs
4. 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers Seattle SuperSonics
5. 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns
6. 1997-98 Utah Jazz Los Angeles Lakers
7. 1998-99 San Antonio Spurs Portland Trail Blazers
8. 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers San Antonio Spurs
9. 2012-13 San Antonio Spurs Memphis Grizzlies

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers and Eastern Conference Finals Sweeps

LeBron James Led The 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers To The Fifth Sweep In Eastern Conference Finals History

LeBron James Led The 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers To The Fifth Sweep In Eastern Conference Finals History

Since the NBA divided itself into Eastern and Western Conferences with the 1970-71 season, only five teams out of the East have swept their conference’s Finals, and LeBron James‘ 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers are the fifth.

Larry Bird‘s Boston Celtics did it in 1985-86.

Two of Michael Jordan‘s six titles with the Chicago Bulls were preceded by Eastern Conference Finals sweeps.

And the most unlikely team on today’s list? Jason Kidd‘s 2002-03 New Jersey Nets swept the Detroit Pistons (the only team to be swept more than once in the ECF).

One more thing about the Bulls. They were actually swept in the Western Conference Finals once upon a time.

Check out the nine WCF sweeps tomorrow.

SEASON WINNER LOSER
1. 1985-86 Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks
2. 1990-91 Chicago Bulls Detroit Pistons
3. 1995-96 Chicago Bulls Orlando Magic
4. 2002-03 New Jersey Nets Detroit Pistons
5. 2014-15 Cleveland Cavaliers Atlanta Hawks

Photo: Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer via cleveland.com

Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors and the Longest Time Between Western Conference Finals Appearances

TEAM SPAN (SEASONS IN BETWEEN) PREVIOUS CONF. FINALS APP. (OR FIRST SEASON*) LAST CONF. FINALS APP. NOTES
1. Los Angeles Clippers 45 1970-71* Active Includes Buffalo Braves (1970-71 thru 1977-78) and San Diego Clippers (1978-79 thru 1983-84)
2. Golden State Warriors 38 1975-76 2014-15
3. Denver Nuggets 23 1984-85 2008-09
4. Sacramento Kings 20 1980-81 2001-02 Includes Kansas City Kings (1980-81 thru 1984-85)
4. Toronto Raptors 20 1995-96* Active
6. Houston Rockets 18 1996-97 Active
7. Memphis Grizzlies 17 1995-96* 2012-13 Includes Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96 thru 2000-01)
7. Utah Jazz 17 1974-75* 1991-92
7. Utah Jazz 17 1997-98 Active
10. Sacramento Kings 16 1963-64 1980-81 as Cincinnati Royals (1963-64 thru 1971-72), Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1972-73 thru 1974-75) and Kansas City Kings (1975-76 thru 1980-81)
11. Portland Trail Blazers 15 1999-00 Active
12. Dallas Mavericks 14 1987-88 2002-03
12. Minnesota Timberwolves 14 1989-90* 2003-04
12. Oklahoma City Thunder 14 1995-96 2010-11 Includes Seattle SuperSonics (1995-96 thru 2007-08)
15. New Orleans Pelicans 13 2002-03 Active Includes New Orleans Hornets (2002-03 thru 2004-05, 2007-08 thru 2012-13) and New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2005-06 thru 2006-07)
15. Sacramento Kings 13 2001-02 Active
17. Portland Trail Blazers 12 1976-77 1989-90
18. Minnesota Timberwolves 11 2003-04 Active
18. Phoenix Suns 11 1992-93 2004-05
18. San Antonio Spurs 11 1982-83 1994-95
21. Oklahoma City Thunder 10 1967-68* 1977-78 as Seattle SuperSonics
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