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NBA Playoffs: Teams with the Most Finals Appearances

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics – the two most storied franchises in NBA history – have appeared in 52 of the 68 NBA Finals (76 percent!). OK, since there are two teams every Finals, the Lakers and Celts covered 52 of 136 slots (they played each other 12 times). Still, that’s 38 percent. None of the other major sports boast such a one-two combination of domination.

The Lakers have a big edge, too. They have made it to the Finals 31 times (including their Minneapolis years)…ten more than the Celtics.

Then there’s the huge drop off to the Philadelphia 76ers, who had three appearances as the Syracuse Nationals.

The Miami Heat just snagged their fifth appearance tonight, tying them, in fact, with the San Antonio Spurs. But if the Spurs win tomorrow night, they’ll have their sixth.

Ready for a rematch?

1. Los Angeles Lakers 31 2010 W
2009 W
2002 W
2001 W
2000 W
1988 W
1987 W
1985 W
1982 W
1980 W
1972 W
2008 L
2004 L
1991 L
1989 L
1984 L
1983 L
1973 L
1970 L
1969 L
1968 L
1966 L
1965 L
1963 L
1962 L
Minneapolis Lakers 1954 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1953 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1952 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1950 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1949 W
Minneapolis Lakers 1959 L
2. Boston Celtics 21 2008 W
1986 W
1984 W
1981 W
1976 W
1974 W
1969 W
1968 W
1966 W
1965 W
1964 W
1963 W
1962 W
1961 W
1960 W
1959 W
1957 W
2010 L
1987 L
1985 L
1958 L
3. Philadelphia 76ers 9 1983 W
1967 W
2001 L
1982 L
1980 L
1977 L
Syracuse Nationals 1955 W
Syracuse Nationals 1954 L
Syracuse Nationals 1950 L
4. New York Knicks 8 1973 W
1970 W
1999 L
1994 L
1972 L
1953 L
1952 L
1951 L
5. Detroit Pistons 7 2004 W
1990 W
1989 W
2005 L
1988 L
Fort Wayne Pistons 1956 L
Fort Wayne Pistons 1955 L
6. Chicago Bulls 6 1998 W
1997 W
1996 W
1993 W
1992 W
1991 W
6. Golden State Warriors 6 1975 W
Philadelphia Warriors 1956 W
Philadelphia Warriors 1947 W
Philadelphia Warriors 1948 L
San Francisco Warriors 1967 L
San Francisco Warriors 1964 L
8. Miami Heat 5 2014 TBD
2013 W
2012 W
2006 W
2011 L
8. San Antonio Spurs 5 2007 W
2005 W
2003 W
1999 W
2013 L
10. Houston Rockets 4 1995 W
1994 W
1986 L
1981 L
10. Oklahoma City Thunder 4 2012 L
Seattle SuperSonics 1979 W
Seattle SuperSonics 1996 L
Seattle SuperSonics 1978 L
10. St. Louis Hawks 4 1958 W
1961 L
1960 L
1957 L
10. Washington Bullets 4 1978 W
1979 L
1975 L
Baltimore Bullets 1971 L
14. Portland Trail Blazers 3 1977 W
1992 L
1990 L
15. Dallas Mavericks 2 2011 W
2006 L
15. Milwaukee Bucks 2 1971 W
1974 L
15. Orlando Magic 2 2009 L
1995 L
15. Phoenix Suns 2 1993 L
1976 L
15. Utah Jazz 2 1998 L
1997 L
20. Baltimore Bullets (DEF) 1 1948 W
20. Chicago Stags (DEF) 1 1947 L
20. Cleveland Cavaliers 1 2007 L
20. Indiana Pacers 1 2000 L
20. New Jersey Nets 1 2003 L
20. New Jersey Nets 1 2002 L
20. Rochester Royals 1 1951 W
20. Washington Capitols (DEF) 1 1949 L

The 20 Most Liked American Sports Teams on Facebook

The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

The Los Angeles Lakers Are The Facebook Champions With 20 Million Likes

The New England Patriots received their five-millionth Facebook like today, which got me wondering – what exactly does that mean? Is it good? Where does that number of likes fit in amongst other NFL teams – or MLB, NBA and NHL teams, for that matter?

Ninth overall…and third amongst football teams. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have more.

But the world of Facebook likes is ruled at the top by basketball, you see. Four NBA teams – the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics – swipe the most likes of all. The Lakers have four times as many likes as the Patriots, in fact – over 20 million.

Why is that? Is it because the NBA’s fanbase is more social-media connected or savvy? Is it because NBA basketball has a greater global reach than any of the four North American sports? Everybody plays b-ball.

NFL football, though, is just huge and it’s spread out. The game is at its peak of popularity – and still peaking, yet. Eight NBA teams make the top 20 most Facebook-liked American sports teams, but 10 NFL teams make it, including seven in the bottom half.

Baseball? The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox squeeze in there at fifth and tenth, respectively.

Hockey? Not one. The Chicago Blackhawks make the NHL’s first appearance in 30th with 2.13M likes.

Click on the team’s link below to visit its official Facebook page. Numbers are rounded and as of the date of this post.

TEAM FACEBOOK LIKES LEAGUE/SPORT
1. Los Angeles Lakers 20.09M NBA Basketball
2. Chicago Bulls 14.51M NBA Basketball
3. Miami Heat 13.46M NBA Basketball
4. Boston Celtics 8.29M NBA Basketball
5. New York Yankees 7.60M MLB Baseball
6. Dallas Cowboys 6.71M NFL Football
7. Pittsburgh Steelers 5.61M NFL Football
8. New York Knicks 5.12M NBA Basketball
9. New England Patriots 5.00M NFL Football
10. Boston Red Sox 4.67M MLB Baseball
11. Oklahoma City Thunder 4.39M NBA Basketball
12. Green Bay Packers 4.22M NFL Football
13. San Antonio Spurs 3.82M NBA Basketball
14. New Orleans Saints 3.71M NFL Football
15. Chicago Bears 3.60M NFL Football
16. Dallas Mavericks 3.50M NBA Basketball
17. New York Giants 3.35M NFL Football
18. San Francisco 49ers 3.23M NFL Football
19. Denver Broncos 2.92M NFL Football
20. Philadelphia Eagles 2.61M NFL Football

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NBA: The Best Home Franchises in Playoff History

Home Sweet Home (But Not This Posteason)

Home Sweet Home (But Not This Postseason For The L.A. Lakers And Hardly Ever For The L.A. Clippers)

Whose house? The Lakers‘ apparently. They have the best home record in the postseason of any NBA franchise, going back to their (also) dominant (5 Titles) Minneapolis days.

Actually, just about every team is pretty good or better at home come playoff time, certainly over time. Only the Charlotte Bobcats haven’t won at home (or anywhere for that matter) – they’re 0-8 in the postseason.

But 29 of the 30 current franchises have playoff home win-loss percentages of .500 or more (through the date of this post). Just the Bobcats have that 0-4 losing record.

  NBA FRANCHISE HOME PLAYOFF WINS HOME PLAYOFF LOSSES HOME PLAYOFF W-L PCT. FRANCHISE’S FIRST SEASON
1. Los Angeles / Minneapolis Lakers 286 96 0.749 1948-49
2. Boston Celtics 230 87 0.726 1946-47
3. Chicago Bulls 118 46 0.720 1966-67
3. Miami Heat 72 28 0.720 1988-89
5. Utah Jazz 85 38 0.691 1974-75
6. Detroit / Fort Worth Pistons 124 57 0.685 1948-49
7. San Antonio Spurs 115 54 0.680 1976-77
8. Oklahoma City Thunder / Seattle SuperSonics 97 46 0.678 1967-68
9. Portland Trail Blazers 73 35 0.676 1970-71
10. Philadelphia 76ers // Syracuse Nationals 139 68 0.671 1949-50
11. New York Knicks 124 61 0.670 1946-47
12. Indiana Pacers 64 34 0.653 1976-77
13. Cleveland Cavaliers 47 27 0.635 1970-71
14. Golden State / San Francisco /Philadelphia Warriors 74 43 0.632 1946-47
15. Dallas Mavericks 56 33 0.629 1980-81
16. Atlanta / St. Louis / Milwaukee Hawks // Tri-Cities Blackhawks 101 60 0.627 1949-50
17. Los Angeles Clippers // Buffalo Braves 20 12 0.625 1970-71
18. New Orleans Pelicans // New Orleans / Charlotte Hornets 24 15 0.615 1988-89
19. Phoenix Suns 84 54 0.609 1968-69
20. Toronto Raptors 9 6 0.600 1995-96
21. Houston / San Diego Rockets 73 49 0.598 1967-68
22. Orlando Magic 37 25 0.597 1989-90
23. Milwaukee Bucks 65 45 0.591 1968-69
24. Washington Wizards // Washington / Capital / Baltimore Bullets 54 42 0.563 1961-62
25. Denver Nuggets 43 34 0.558 1976-77
26. Sacramento / Kansas City / Kansas City-Omaha Kings // Cincinnati / Rochester Royals 50 40 0.556 1948-49
27. Minnesota Timberwolves 12 11 0.522 1989-90
28. Memphis / Vancouver Grizzlies 13 12 0.520 1995-96
29. Brooklyn / New Jersey Nets 31 31 0.500 1967-68
30. Charlotte Bobcats 0 4 0.000 2004-05

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