Worst NBA Playoff Collapping Rankings of All Time | Bleacher report


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    Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

    One of the reasons the Denver Nuggets’ playoff victories over the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz have attracted such attention. Only 13 teams have ever faced a 3–1 loss in 257 instances NBA history, and the Nuggets did it just twice.

    It is considered a non-profit. Overcoming such obstacles is a combination of veteran leadership, Hall of Fame-level play, perhaps a bit of luck and failure of the opponent’s reaction.

    In these instances, too much attention and praise can go to the unexpected winner, but a good value of criticism should be levied on the loser, as it is most likely than a playoff failure.

    Based on the expectations of the top-ranked clubs in the series, there are 3-1 advantage teams in the most heartbreaking way, from the smallest disappointment to the biggest disappointment.

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    David Philip / Associated Press

    May 20 marked Mario Eli’s “25 years”kiss of death“Finished the Phoenix Suns in a series they appeared almost certain to win.

    Charles Barclay and his second seed lost in seven matches to the Houston Rockets in back-to-back seasons after progressing to the NBA Finals in 1993. In each instance, he led 2–0, dropping four of the next five. sport.

    In 1995, the Sun took a 3–1 lead with two home games. On 32-9 In the regular season, the Sun set the top five home records. With Houston’s 59 regular-season wins at 47, it appears the Suns were the stronger team and will avenge their former postson loss.

    It was not enough.

    Kevin johnson Collected 46 points and 10 assists, while Barclay added 18 points and 23 rebellions in Phoenix’s heart-breaking Game 7 loss. Ellie’s late three-pointer plus 58 proved too much to surpass the combined points of Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon.

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    Rick Bommer / Associated Press

    The New York Nucks of the 1990s pushed Michael Jordan off its limits, perhaps more than any other rival outside of the Bad Boy Pistons. Jordan and Chicago Bulls end season of Knicks Five times From 1989 to 1996.

    While Jordan implemented the championship aspirations of Patrick Ewing and the Knucks, he was not the only offender. New York fell to the Rockets despite taking a 3–2 lead in the 1994 NBA Finals (with Jordan playing baseball that year).

    After three seasons, the Nucks collapse, this time in the Eastern Conference semifinals at the hands of the Miami Heat. However, it was not his game that thwarted the Nucks as their Tempers.

    Near the end of Game 5, Charlie Ward set a low, sustained boxout of PJ Brown. Brown replied Flipping him through the air Like a wrestler.

    the upcoming The suspension After Patrick Ewing and Alan Houston in Game 6, Larry Johnson and John Starks in Game 7 still had too much to beat the Nucks. Nux just became Sixth team Fall to 3-1 once.

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    Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

    Despite losing an almost insurmountable series to the Denver Nuggets, the Utah Jazz deserve a pass.

    THeidi escalated the conflict between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell after the pair tested irresponsibly about coronoviruses before positive testing.

    Oh, and the Jazz lost their second major scorer and most viable perimeter threat, Bojan Bogdanovic, due to a wrist injury before bubble play began.

    Despite all this, the Jazz were a desperate Mike Conley who was three away from advancing to the second round.

    Allowances aside, the Jazz still gave these cardiac nuggets a 3–1 advantage. Nikola Jokic led the group in Game 7 30 points And the winning basket on the turnaround hook shot. The Nuggets just held jazz 78 points in decisive competition During their third consecutive series with a Game 7 through two seasons.

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    Dunne Burleson / Associated Press

    The Detroit Pistons were nothing more than a spectacular upstart in 2004 before their unexpected rise to a championship. Advancing the Toronto Rappers’ past in the 2001–02 Eastern Conference was hardly praiseworthy. Canadian franchise Had managed only one postseason win in its history, and it was Detroit’s only series win dating back to 1991 Bad boy piston.

    However, the Pistons’ dominance in the 3–1 draw against Tracy McGrady and the Orlando Magic in the 2003 Eastern Conference should have been to their end. After all, this was the first season in which Seven games The format was introduced in the early stages. In prior years, top-seeded pistons Would like Has been eliminated.

    Instead, a future champion’s outpost was forged as Chauncy Billops, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace and company and crawled back from elimination. Jointly led by Billups 77 points In Games 6 and 7, the Pistons won the series and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals the next – where the New Jersey Nets swept them.

    Nevertheless, the foundation for the response to adversities would lead to his ineffectiveness following a season of Kobe Bryant- and Shakeel O’Neill-led Los Angeles Lakers.

    The Pistons’ win coming from behind is commendable, but the way the Doc Rivers-led Magic failed to respond is scandalous. The Pistons took games 5, 6 and 7 with a combined 61 points.

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    Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press

    The 73-win Golden State Warriors surpassed their legendary final in the 2016 Western Conference Finals with a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    The Warriors may have set the league’s best regular season record, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were quietly among the best playoff performances in history. After winning the 67-win San Antonio Spurs in the semifinals, the Thunder threw hikers after the Hammers over the Warriors, winning games 3 and 4 by 52 points. The defensive presence as a combination of OKC’s big and Durant’s defense shocked the Warriors while the Thunder took a 3-1 lead.

    Then, Kell Thompson responded in Game 6 in a Hall of Fame fashion. Thompson and Stephen Curry Scored The Warriors had 16 points from the final 19, while the Warriors held the Thunder to just five in the final five minutes. Ended with Thompson 41 points Only 18 shots and hit the final pair of games in free throws.

    We highlight Thompson’s efforts, but the Thunder’s inability to score late has dashed their championship hopes and should have been a generational combination.

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    David Philip / Associated Press

    Chris Paul-Blake Griffin in Los Angeles failed to realize expectations of thanks in part to a Western conference dominated by tandem San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors and part of their own playoff deficiencies.

    Take the 2014–15 semi-finals against James Harden, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets. In a 3–1 advantage, the Clippers placed the Rockets exactly where they wanted to win the game at 3 and 4 by a combined 58 points.

    Responding to a loss in this way is admirable in itself, but the way Houston did it was even more remarkable. Hardik and Howard were not responsible for the Game 6 victory. The Rockets did not get a single field goal from the pair, with a loss of 13 points as the fourth quarter began. Left at heart 1:32 mark Did not reunite in the third quarter and until the final minutes of the game.

    Instead, it was Josh Smith, who led 40–15 in the fourth quarter 14 digits in frame. It will end with 19 digits With just nine shots and a plus-11 mark, Harden has a minus-21.

    The Clippers took the lead in games and series and erased Houston’s best player. This was not enough for the Doctor Rivers squad to survive the collapse, as the clip dropped Game 6, losing Game 7 by 13 points.

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    Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

    The Clippers collapse against the low-room Nuggets as a pretext for jazz. He took advantage in both the victory and star power in the semi-finals of this year’s Western Conference. In the two-time finals, MVP Kavi Leonard and Man the Clippers acquired George and George. DraftKings (via action), per favorite, Even after dropping games 5 and 6 to go to the conference finals.

    Instead, the Clippers became just the 13th team Should never fail after gaining a 3–1 lead.

    A great deal of credit goes to the Nuggets, who faced Game 7 for the fourth consecutive series, the first to do so. As Joke was performing Average 24.4 points, 13.4 rebellions, 6.6 assists and 1.4 blocks per game during the series. The Clippers had no answer.

    The more shocking revelation was the rise of Jamal Murray. It is one thing to go toe-to-toe with Mitchell. Getting Leonard and George out is another matter entirely.

    However, not enough blame can be passed on the Clippers. They again turned to the waning stages of the series again and again.

    In Game 5, The Clippers led by 13 to play for just over 13 minutes, with the remainder only to be outscored 44-25. In Game 6, the Clippers were leading by 16 points as of the third quarter, only for the Nuggets to outscore them 64-35 The rest through regulation.

    After LA gained a seven-point lead in the third quarter of Game 7, the Nuggets outscored the Clippers 50-28 In the last 23 minutes. La scored just 15 runs Fourth quarter points.

    The Nuggets are highly praised for showing poetry at key moments, but must respond to too many Offense questions to answer the failure of River and his Clippers.

    Stats through NBA.com, Basketball reference, Glass cleaning, BBall Index And ESPN unless otherwise noted.

    Preston Ellis covered the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @PrestonEllis.

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    Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press

    Lebron James ‘chase-down block and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ topping 73-win Warriors could be the biggest series return in NBA history given Golden State’s previous success and grand stage.

    The Warriors were a headscarf in the 2015–16 NBA Finals. It cannot be exaggerated. Beginning the 24–0 season, he did not play consecutive games in the regular season before giving the Cavaliers three straight defeats.

    His closing unit, which featured two-time NBA MVP Curry as well as future Hall of Famers Thompson and Andre Igodala, was named a death lineup.

    James did not care. Despite falling into the 3–1 hole, he and Kyrie combined for Irving 199 digits Over the last three games to knock the Warriors out. Drummond Green’s one-game suspension and Andrew Bogut’s knee injury are linked to the collapse, but they don’t shy away from the feat. The Cavaliers gave the Warriors a series of six matches before a season in the finals, despite just one joint appearance from Irving and Kevin Love.

    The championship cemented Lebron’s legacy as one of the greatest. However, Curry, Kell, Igodala and Harrison Barnes have 45 points. 52 shots Game 7 should attract a lot of criticism.