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JordansBulls
11-15-2012, 01:32 PM
I have to say it is the Sixers vs Celtics in 1981. Sixers led the series 3-1. And in game 5 in Boston was up 6 points with 1:36 left. They proceeded to lose game 5 by 2 points, they also were up 13 in game 6 and they lost by 2 points and then they lost game 7 by 1 point. Talk about heartbreaking. I can't think of any other series they was that tight and a team lost that many games in a row while up by that few amount of points.

Game 5 Wed, April 29 Philadelphia 76ers 109 @ Boston Celtics 111
Game 6 Fri, May 1 Boston Celtics 100 @ Philadelphia 76ers 98
Game 7 Sun, May 3 Philadelphia 76ers 90 @ Boston Celtics 91

Ebbs
11-15-2012, 01:39 PM
What year did the Lakers go up 3-1 on the Suns and than lose the next 3? That series is in my mind for sure.

KB-Pau-DH2012
11-15-2012, 01:40 PM
What year did the Lakers go up 3-0 on the Suns and than lose the next 4? That series is in my mind for sure.

Learn your history before you post, please.

LAKobeBryant
11-15-2012, 01:42 PM
Learn your history before you post, please.

Lmao

asandhu23
11-15-2012, 01:45 PM
Bullets. 1975 NBA Finals.

Mavericks. 2007 Western Conference Finals.

Ebbs
11-15-2012, 01:46 PM
Learn your history before you post, please.

Was it 3-1? Either way it was disgraceful so don't get all upset just because your a Lakers fan...

Ebbs
11-15-2012, 01:48 PM
Bullets. 1975 NBA Finals.

Mavericks. 2007 Western Conference Finals.

07 we lost to the Warriors first round...

KB-Pau-DH2012
11-15-2012, 01:48 PM
Was it 3-1? Either way it was disgraceful so don't get all upset just because your a Lakers fan...

Yes, it was 3-1, as the #7 seed facing a #2 seed Suns team.

Also, for you to mention that a team coming back from 3-0 shows that you really don't know your history as NO TEAM in NBA history has come back down 3-0.

That part of your post is even more disgraceful than mentioning the Lakers.

ewing
11-15-2012, 01:48 PM
The 2000 Blazers. Not one guy on that team wanted anything to do with the ball when it mattered most

Ebbs
11-15-2012, 01:50 PM
Yes, it was 3-1, as the #7 seed facing a #2 seed Suns team.

Also, for you to mention that a team coming back from 3-0 shows that you really don't know your history as NO TEAM in NBA history has come back down 3-0.

That part of your post is even more disgraceful than mentioning the Lakers.

Only a Laker fan would find it disgraceful to mention the Lakers like they are some higher power us mortals can't speak out against.

Also it doesn't matter what seed you are. If you have a choke hold like that in a series you need to take care of business.

mdm692
11-15-2012, 01:52 PM
Learn your history before you post, please.

2006 Tim Thomas game 6. After multiple attempts from behind the line by Barbosa and Nash we managed to get the ball to Tim Thomas with less than 10 seconds to play. He pump fakes and up goes Kwame Brown. Take a step to the side and hit a wide open 3 that started the demise of the Lakers. But I'm sure you knew that since youre a walking bball encyclopedia.

JiffyMix88
11-15-2012, 01:54 PM
Yes, it was 3-1, as the #7 seed facing a #2 seed Suns team.

Also, for you to mention that a team coming back from 3-0 shows that you really don't know your history as NO TEAM in NBA history has come back down 3-0.

That part of your post is even more disgraceful than mentioning the Lakers.

naw the Lakers losing after being up 3-1 is more disgraceful than a casual fan not knowing one part of the NBA history.

And this was when Kobe was suppose to be MVP. HA Kobe for not proving anything but what we already knew!

LAKERMANIA
11-15-2012, 01:55 PM
Where do I begin?

2006 Lakers up 3-1 then lose the series... (Tim Thomas :sigh:)
2011 Lakers having HCA and getting swept
2008 Finals Lakers up big in game 4 then losing..

IBleedPurple
11-15-2012, 01:55 PM
Nuggets beating Supersonics in 1994. Nuggets were down 2-0 (5 game series), lost the first two games pretty badly, and the Supersonics had won 21 more games in the regular season.

Baller1
11-15-2012, 01:57 PM
#1 seed Sonics losing to Denver. Embarrassing.

dh144498
11-15-2012, 01:58 PM
Learn your history before you post, please.

lol

dh144498
11-15-2012, 01:59 PM
Was it 3-1? Either way it was disgraceful so don't get all upset just because your a Lakers fan...

being down 3-0 and being down 3-1 are completely different things. no one has ever come back and won after down 3-0. being down 3-1 have been done a few times.

dh144498
11-15-2012, 02:01 PM
2006 Tim Thomas game 6. After multiple attempts from behind the line by Barbosa and Nash we managed to get the ball to Tim Thomas with less than 10 seconds to play. He pump fakes and up goes Kwame Brown. Take a step to the side and hit a wide open 3 that started the demise of the Lakers. But I'm sure you knew that since youre a walking bball encyclopedia.

that's a terrible way of forming an argument. You youself googled that whole paragraph. Not to mention KB wasn't talking about plays of a game, but rather the series scores. Completely different things.

dh144498
11-15-2012, 02:02 PM
naw the Lakers losing after being up 3-1 is more disgraceful than a casual fan not knowing one part of the NBA history.

And this was when Kobe was suppose to be MVP. HA Kobe for not proving anything but what we already knew!

not really, it's more disgraceful and embarrassing to talk about something with complete confidence only to find out later that you had the whole story wrong.

Ebbs
11-15-2012, 02:12 PM
not really, it's more disgraceful and embarrassing to talk about something with complete confidence only to find out later that you had the whole story wrong.

Clearly "what year was it" signifies complete confidence..., I was talking off the top of my head. I however wasn't ready for the onslaught of Laker fans who can't put their homerism aside. Notice how everyone else in the thread agreed that series had a spot on this listz

JiffyMix88
11-15-2012, 02:26 PM
not really, it's more disgraceful and embarrassing to talk about something with complete confidence only to find out later that you had the whole story wrong.

he didnt seem sure if you read that first post but whatever makes you feel better about snickering about it. Cool

But yes it still was the biggest let down i can think of since T-Mac talking about how great it felt to be in the secound round while being up 3-1 against the pistons

Baller1
11-15-2012, 02:49 PM
Clearly "what year was it" signifies complete confidence..., I was talking off the top of my head. I however wasn't ready for the onslaught of Laker fans who can't put their homerism aside. Notice how everyone else in the thread agreed that series had a spot on this listz

Apparently 3-1 is a WHOLE different story in comparison to 3-0...

Tony_Starks
11-15-2012, 02:49 PM
2010 Finals Celtics up 3-2 with two chances to close it out and blew it against a hurt Kobe AND Bynum.

Im_in_Mia_bish
11-15-2012, 02:52 PM
2010-11 nba finals in every 4th quarter except the elimination game :(

gatkins11
11-15-2012, 02:55 PM
2003 Pistons vs. Magic when T-Mac said he was glad to be out of the first round comes to mind.

keetyweedy
11-15-2012, 02:58 PM
06 nba finals dallas vs miami :facepalm:

JiffyMix88
11-15-2012, 03:00 PM
2010 Finals Celtics up 3-2 with two chances to close it out and blew it against a hurt Kobe AND Bynum.

Naw they should of won but the refs cost the Celtics. If my memory serves me well didn't the Lakers double the Celtics in free throw attempts for the game in the 4th quarter alone? and I remember allot of it being soft or phantom calls against the celtics, I could be wrong but I'm SURE one of these laker fans will let me know

Chronz
11-15-2012, 03:07 PM
All those games being close is suppose to imply that they choked? I dont follow that logic

Guppyfighter
11-15-2012, 03:16 PM
Last year the Grizzlies vs the Clippers. Game one.

Avenged
11-15-2012, 03:19 PM
Apparently 3-1 is a WHOLE different story in comparison to 3-0...

yes :eyebrow:

there's a reason no team has came back from such deficit.

ThunderousDemon
11-15-2012, 03:21 PM
Apparently 3-1 is a WHOLE different story in comparison to 3-0...

Try again.

SteBO
11-15-2012, 03:25 PM
Bottom line is LA was up 3-1 in the series and choked it away. Move on please. The poster made a mistake and he corrected it. I swear the sensitivity on this board is embarrassing.

Anyways, 2011 NBA Finals. Every game except Games 1, 3, and 6.

JasonJohnHorn
11-15-2012, 03:27 PM
What year did the Lakers go up 3-1 on the Suns and than lose the next 3? That series is in my mind for sure.

I think it was 93, and it was the first round, so LA was only up 2-0, then dropped the next three.


I gotta say, for me, being a Detroit fan, the 91 conference finals was pretty bad. Defending champs getting swept out of the playoffs by their biggest rivals, and being knocked out of the playoffs on their home floor.


But that said, Devner was down 2-0 in a first round series against the Sonics (94), then came back to win the series... Seattle really dropped the ball in that one. Then Utah almost did the same thing in the next round. Went up 3-0, and it ended up going to 7 games.

mdm692
11-15-2012, 03:29 PM
that's a terrible way of forming an argument. You youself googled that whole paragraph. Not to mention KB wasn't talking about plays of a game, but rather the series scores. Completely different things.

What argument? Those are events that occurred. He's just trying to be a smart *** cause the Lakers were mentioned in a negative way.

Ebbs
11-15-2012, 03:36 PM
Bottom line is LA was up 3-1 in the series and choked it away. Move on please. The poster made a mistake and he corrected it. I swear the sensitivity on this board is embarrassing.

Anyways, 2011 NBA Finals. Every game except Games 1, 3, and 6.

thank you. LOL.

69centers
11-15-2012, 04:02 PM
2010 Finals Celtics up 3-2 with two chances to close it out and blew it against a hurt Kobe AND Bynum.

In those two chances, Perkins went down in the first chance (blew out his knee in the 1st quarter), and did not play in their 2nd chance. We had a hurt Rasheed Wallace in Game 7 who had to ask Doc to take him out late in the game because he couldn't go any longer.

I'll give you that Bynum was hurt, but please tell me what was wrong with Kobe that year? Least we also forget KG was nowhere near 100% in those Finals. Not even close.

latinofire21
11-15-2012, 04:13 PM
The bulls have to be mentioned in here. They always choke in the playoffs. They have made some series exciting hut that's about it. Also the Miami Dallas finals was pretty bad too. What year was it that the bulls have an overtime game every game of the series?

LongWayFromHome
11-15-2012, 04:36 PM
07 we lost to the Warriors first round...

And that was the worst choke ever.

Ebbs
11-15-2012, 04:41 PM
And that was the worst choke ever.

It might be the most dissapointing first round series of a 65+ win, 1st seed team.

I don't think choke job though. The odds were not good on us going in. Warriors had our number that year, they beat us every regular season matchup.

It was the one team all Mavs fans wanted to avoid and we were unlucky getting them first.

I can't remember who said S-jax or Baron Davis I think but they were like: the only team us (warriors) could have beaten was Dallas.

Guppyfighter
11-15-2012, 04:41 PM
And that was the worst choke ever.

Not if you consider regular season. Warriors beat the Mavs up and down the court in the regular season. Just bad match ups for the Mavs.

Hellcrooner
11-15-2012, 04:45 PM
barkleys suns vs Worhtys ( Magicless) Lakers.

Lakers up 2-0 then proceed to lose the following three with very small margins, with Overtimes and etc.

Hitman21
11-15-2012, 04:51 PM
How about the year the entire east let the 8th seed knicks go all the way to the finals ..with spreewell and houston

LongWayFromHome
11-15-2012, 04:53 PM
It might be the most dissapointing first round series of a 65+ win, 1st seed team.

I don't think choke job though. The odds were not good on us going in. Warriors had our number that year, they beat us every regular season matchup.

It was the one team all Mavs fans wanted to avoid and we were unlucky getting them first.

I can't remember who said S-jax or Baron Davis I think but they were like: the only team us (warriors) could have beaten was Dallas.

In the 2010-11 season the Heat wnet like 0-3 vs CHI and 1-3 vs BOS in the regular season and beat them each in the playoffs 4-1. I get the whole "Nelly knew how to beat us" thing. But after what had happened in the previous years finals, then the Mavs have a great regular season and go out like that. It was really bad.

Hellcrooner
11-15-2012, 04:53 PM
How about the year the entire east let the 8th seed knicks go all the way to the finals ..with spreewell and houston

It was a lockout shortened season.

Ty Fast
11-15-2012, 05:08 PM
#1 seed Sonics losing to Denver. Embarrassing.

this. and what makes it worse is that this was there best shot to win cuz mj did not play that year. also the 67 win mavs losing to golden state in a best of 7 in 6 games

StarvingKnick22
11-15-2012, 05:16 PM
The Bulls making a comeback on the knicks in '93. Knicks up 2-0 and lose. One win away from moving on, beating the Suns, and a chip.

SirSkyHook
11-15-2012, 05:24 PM
What year did the Lakers go up 3-1 on the Suns and than lose the next 3? That series is in my mind for sure.

This. Its still hurts today lol. Game six at home, Kobe just dropped 50, a beatable Clippers team in the next round i believe, and Lamar who has been rebounding like a beast all series lets Marion steal the biggest rebound in Lamar's career to that point, and throws it out to a waiting Tim Thomas who who has a dumbshit Kwame running pass him instead of getting to him and and holding ground, and Tim hit the biggest shot in his career. That shot crushed the Lakers. It broke the heart of the fans and the players.

C_Mund
11-15-2012, 05:36 PM
Learn your history before you post, please.

The whole point of an internet forum is that you don't have to be a writer or any kind of authority on a subject to share your opinion.

I guess I'd have to go with the Sonics on this one. The Mavs in '07 were obviously a higher seed, but they were also like 0-4 against the Warriors that year and GS was coached by somebody that had helped engineer the Mavs roster. Obviously still no excuse, but kind of an excuse.

Bishnoff
11-15-2012, 05:38 PM
What year did the Lakers go up 3-1 on the Suns and than lose the next 3? That series is in my mind for sure.

Wasn't really a Lakers choke. Would have been a Suns choke if we'd have lost that series.

Bishnoff
11-15-2012, 05:41 PM
The 8th seed Warriors beating a 67 regular season win Mavs team in the first round of the 2007 Playoffs was a massive choke.

The 8th seed Nuggets beating a 63 regular season win Sonics team in the first round of the 1994 Playoffs was also a huge choke. Sonics were up 2-0 in this series (only 5 games series back then) and then lost the next 3.

JordansBulls
11-15-2012, 05:44 PM
The 2000 Blazers. Not one guy on that team wanted anything to do with the ball when it mattered most

Actually had the Lakers lost that would have been #1 because the Lakers were up 3-1 in that series. So really Portland should never had been in a position to win.

Guppyfighter
11-15-2012, 05:44 PM
The 8th seed Warriors beating a 67 regular season win Mavs team in the first round was a massive choke.

The 8th seed Nuggets beating a 63 regular season win Sonics team in the first round was also a massive choke.

That's not what chokes are.

JordansBulls
11-15-2012, 05:45 PM
The Bulls making a comeback on the knicks in '93. Knicks up 2-0 and lose. One win away from moving on, beating the Suns, and a chip.

That's not the biggest choke. Especially not against a 2x defending champion that was undefeated in the playoffs up until those 2 games.

barreleffact
11-15-2012, 05:47 PM
Where do I begin?

2006 Lakers up 3-1 then lose the series... (Tim Thomas :sigh:)
2011 Lakers having HCA and getting swept
2008 Finals Lakers up big in game 4 then losing..

2011? We lost to the eventual champions that also murdered the heat...the 2012 champions. Not a big deal.

2008, that GAME was huge but the series was refferee'd suspiciously, and we lost to a great team regardless in the newly formed Celtics with 3 All-stars and 4 HOF'ers.

2006- best argument, but they were facing the 2 seed and probably should not have contended to begin with.

Nycbball08
11-15-2012, 05:48 PM
That year Scottie Pippen was on the Blazers and they blew a 20 point lead in like 5 min to the Lakers..Brian Shaw went berserk on them..

Bishnoff
11-15-2012, 05:51 PM
That's not what chokes are.

Losing a series that you definitely should win is a form of choking, especially when you are 2-0 up like the Sonics were.

You do realise that I'm labelling Dallas and Seattle the chokers don't you?

Getting UGGLA
11-15-2012, 05:59 PM
My freaking Braves. 91-05 (14 straight division titles, only one WS). Especially 96/99 against the Stanks. Up 2-0 in 96!

DreamShaker
11-15-2012, 06:00 PM
I don't equate big comebacks to big choke jobs necessarily, but oh well. Rockets choked away a 2-0 lead against both the Mavs and Jazz in the Yao-Tmac years. Yes, they had horrible help, but that really hurt T-Mac's legacy in many eyes, fair or not.

Guppyfighter
11-15-2012, 06:02 PM
Losing a series that you definitely should win is a form of choking, especially when you are 2-0 up like the Sonics were.

You do realise that I'm labelling Dallas and Seattle the chokers don't you?

Warriors beat the Mavericks all season long. This isn't a team they dominated. They didn't succumb to pressure.

StarvingKnick22
11-15-2012, 06:03 PM
That's not the biggest choke. Especially not against a 2x defending champion that was undefeated in the playoffs up until those 2 games.

Thats not the point. If you can beat a team twice in a row, it shouldnt be hard to do it once more. The Knicks matched up well against the Bulls and always fell second, due to MJ's plays.

Bishnoff
11-15-2012, 06:12 PM
Warriors beat the Mavericks all season long. This isn't a team they dominated. They didn't succumb to pressure.

The pressure for the Mavs was losing the previous Finals to Miami (arguably a choke in itself), then having a better regular season than 05/06 and being expected by most to reach the 2007 Finals (if not win it all), then choking in the first round.

Their choke was not doing better than 05/06 and falling at the first hurdle. You may not think that this is a choke but it is in my mind.

Ebbs
11-15-2012, 06:24 PM
In the 2010-11 season the Heat wnet like 0-3 vs CHI and 1-3 vs BOS in the regular season and beat them each in the playoffs 4-1. I get the whole "Nelly knew how to beat us" thing. But after what had happened in the previous years finals, then the Mavs have a great regular season and go out like that. It was really bad.

I hear what you're saying and believe me it was emotional. I was more upset losing in the first round to the Warriors in 07 than I was losing in the finals the previous year.

That being said it wasn't a choke because we were never in charge.

I still wonder if we get someone else first what happens that post season.

Guppyfighter
11-15-2012, 06:31 PM
I hear what you're saying and believe me it was emotional. I was more upset losing in the first round to the Warriors in 07 than I was losing in the finals the previous year.

That being said it wasn't a choke because we were never in charge.

I still wonder if we get someone else first what happens that post season.

That was hell for you guys, but it was one of the best experiences as a Warrior fan in a god damned long time.

CityofTreez
11-15-2012, 06:39 PM
Mavs losing to the Heat in the 1st matchup.

I think they were up 3-1, and Wade went for the juggular and won.

Guppyfighter
11-15-2012, 06:45 PM
Mavs losing to the Heat in the 1st matchup.

I think they were up 3-1, and Wade went for the juggular and won.

Rigged

Ebbs
11-15-2012, 06:45 PM
That was hell for you guys, but it was one of the best experiences as a Warrior fan in a god damned long time.

I have to say watching the games at oracle or whatver G-state's Arena was, was crazy.

The fan support for that team was unreal.


Mavs losing to the Heat in the 1st matchup.

I think they were up 3-1, and Wade went for the juggular and won.

We were up 2-0 than the refs ****ed us! (Just kidding).

Yea Wade went absolutely bonkers after that and smashed our dreams. I would be so very bitter about this if we hadn't won a coupel years later on their home floor. I would love a rubber match, but the chances of my Mavs being in the finals again for a while are slim.

mamba24
11-15-2012, 06:59 PM
In those two chances, Perkins went down in the first chance (blew out his knee in the 1st quarter), and did not play in their 2nd chance. We had a hurt Rasheed Wallace in Game 7 who had to ask Doc to take him out late in the game because he couldn't go any longer.

I'll give you that Bynum was hurt, but please tell me what was wrong with Kobe that year? Least we also forget KG was nowhere near 100% in those Finals. Not even close.

uuuhhhh... rasheed wallace was in the game till about 35 seconds to go. only came out due to matchup issues lol... remember he put up a couple of big threes with about a minute left in game 7??

either way i dont call that a choke by the celtics. it was in la for games 6 and 7. lakers had HC. they were supposed to win at home. i think the no perk thing is definitely cancelled out by the no bynum part of things. kobe played that whole year with knee and hand issues btw...

CityofTreez
11-15-2012, 07:36 PM
I have to say watching the games at oracle or whatver G-state's Arena was, was crazy.

The fan support for that team was unreal.



We were up 2-0 than the refs ****ed us! (Just kidding).

Yea Wade went absolutely bonkers after that and smashed our dreams. I would be so very bitter about this if we hadn't won a coupel years later on their home floor. I would love a rubber match, but the chances of my Mavs being in the finals again for a while are slim.

Oh ok. Thanks for clearing that up.

I'm 25, so there were probably bigger choke jobs in the Championship game, but It's the one I most remember.

mightybosstone
11-15-2012, 07:50 PM
I think I've seen it at least once here, but how about the 2006 Dallas Mavericks? They were up 2-0 with a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter against the Heat and lost the next three games. They certainly got revenge when the Heat choked away the 2011 Finals, but that series will always stick in my mind as one of the all-time great choke jobs.

TheNumber37
11-15-2012, 07:55 PM
macs had the heat DOWN 2-0 and Wade (then a good guy) took it.

D-Leethal
11-15-2012, 07:59 PM
Not all time, but Tracy McGrady saying 'its so nice to FINALLY get out of the first round' after winning game 4 and going up 3-1 against the Pistons. Then Pistons rally back in the win the series. :facepalm:

If anyone said that already, forgive me, I didn't read the thread.

Chronz
11-15-2012, 08:01 PM
Not all time, but Tracy McGrady saying 'its so nice to FINALLY get out of the first round' after winning game 4 and going up 3-1 against the Pistons. Then Pistons rally back in the win the series. :facepalm:

If anyone said that already, forgive me, I didn't read the thread.

8th seed and eventual lottery participants vs 1st seed and eventual champs.


But can you find me that quote, Ive been looking for the original source of that remark for awhile

TheSource
11-15-2012, 08:06 PM
Miami Heat - 2011