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JordansBulls
11-03-2008, 11:38 AM
What teams were good enough to win it all, but just didn't and didn't reach the finals either?


A few teams that came to mind to me in the 90's/00's that were good were:

The 1991 Pistons (two time champion, but lost in ECF)
The 1991 Blazers (they lost to Magic's Lakers when they were the favorite to win it all)
The 1992 Cavs (Price, Daugherty and Nance) a team eerie similar to how the 2004 Pistons were.
The 1993 Knicks was another team that came to mind (won something like 28 in a row at home)
The 1996 Magic (Shaq, Penny, etc)
The 1997 Heat (Mourning, Hardaway and Mashburn), they were one of those strong defensive teams. Weird thing about them was that they
played better on the road than they did at home.
The 1997 Rockets (The Big 3, Hakeem, Barkley and Drexler) was just a team I wanted to play badly in the finals.
The 1998 Lakers was another team that seemed good enough to win it all. (61 wins, and 4 allstars)
The 1998 Spurs had two dominant big men that gave you 20+, 10+ rpg
The 1998 Pacers (one of the deepest teams around) Could hurt you anywhere

The 1999 Heat (got upset in Round 1)
The 1999 Rockets (Hakeem, Barkley and Pippen) (lost in round 1, I expected a whole lot more than that from them)

The 2000 Blazers (Granted they came back from 3-1, but that 15 point lead killed that team)
The 2002 Kings (I'm sure most here knows who they were)
The 2003 Lakers (Going for 4 in a row)
The 2004 Timberwolves (too bad Cassell got injured)
The 2005 Heat (Shaq and Wade lose game 7 ECF at home, however Wade missed game 6 due to injury)
The 2006 Spurs (Best Record ever for San Antonio. Lost game 7 at home)
The 2006 Pistons (Best Record ever for a Pistons team, lost in ECF)
The 2007 Heat (Lost in Round 1, but I thought Chicago was the only team that could beat them)


Those were just some of the teams that came to mind of teams that were good enough to win it all, but never even made the finals that year.


Now you make a list of teams in the 80's, 70's or 60's.:D

innovator
11-03-2008, 12:08 PM
i just feel pity to the webber era of the kings they just cant get pass the lakers

Draco
11-03-2008, 12:22 PM
There was a lot of talk about the 1991 Blazers winning the Championship that year. A lot of people thought they were the best team in the league that year. (Not I, of course.. but a lot of other people). The following year, when the Bulls met the Blazers in the Finals.. I remember Sir Charles predicting the Blazers to win. Chuck also predicted the Jazz to win in 1998 and of course his Suns to win in 1993. Chuck's a funny guy...

king4day
11-03-2008, 01:41 PM
i just feel pity to the webber era of the kings they just cant get pass the lakers

The 06-07 and 07-08 Suns were good enough to win it all and didn't reach the finals.
07-08 Mavs too.