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Most Dominant Playoff Tournament: Pool C, Round 1

Posted by Neil Paine on March 23, 2010

Since WhatIfSports doesn't have a "neutral court" option for the NBA, I decided to make each matchup a 2-3-2 best-of-7 series to lessen the impact of HCA (home teams win 60% of the time in any 1 game, but only 53.2% in a 7-game series). Here are the opening-round series from Pool C (click on series links for game-by-game box scores):

#8 '95 Rockets vs. #9 '77 Blazers
Game 1: 95HOU 106, 77POR 90
Game 2: 95HOU 131, 77POR 129
Game 3: 77POR 116, 95HOU 98
Game 4: 95HOU 120, 77POR 111
Game 5: 77POR 125, 95HOU 96
Game 6: 77POR 122, 95HOU 119
Game 7: 95HOU 116, 77POR 93
(1995 Rockets Win Series 4-3)

#5 '99 Spurs vs. #12 '62 Celtics
Game 1: 99SAS 110, 62BOS 92
Game 2: 99SAS 103, 62BOS 102
Game 3: 99SAS 122, 62BOS 111
Game 4: 62BOS 103, 99SAS 94
Game 5: 62BOS 114, 99SAS 106
Game 6: 62BOS 131, 99SAS 127
Game 7: 99SAS 133, 62BOS 98
(1999 Spurs Win Series 4-3)

#4 '98 Bulls vs. #13 '57 Celtics
Game 1: 98CHI 125, 57BOS 92
Game 2: 57BOS 112, 98CHI 104
Game 3: 98CHI 108, 57BOS 104
Game 4: 98CHI 122, 57BOS 112
Game 5: 98CHI 108, 57BOS 91
(1998 Bulls Win Series 4-1)

#3 '73 Knicks vs. #14 '56 Warriors
Game 1: 73NYK 140, 56PHW 128
Game 2: 73NYK 132, 56PHW 102
Game 3: 73NYK 124, 56PHW 113
Game 4: 73NYK 125, 56PHW 122
(1973 Knicks Win Series 4-0)

#6 '64 Celtics vs. #11 '06 Heat
Game 1: 06MIA 118, 64BOS 100
Game 2: 64BOS 113, 06MIA 96
Game 3: 06MIA 118, 64BOS 103
Game 4: 06MIA 130, 64BOS 119
Game 5: 64BOS 123, 06MIA 114
Game 6: 06MIA 116, 64BOS 87
(2006 Heat Win Series 4-2)

#7 '74 Celtics vs. #10 '80 Lakers
Game 1: 80LAL 111, 74BOS 97
Game 2: 74BOS 100, 80LAL 99
Game 3: 80LAL 123, 74BOS 86
Game 4: 74BOS 125, 80LAL 106
Game 5: 74BOS 118, 80LAL 109
Game 6: 74BOS 122, 80LAL 115
(1974 Celtics Win Series 4-2)

#2 '61 Celtics vs. #15 '58 Hawks
Game 1: 61BOS 143, 58STL 140
Game 2: 61BOS 141, 58STL 124
Game 3: 61BOS 142, 58STL 110
Game 4: 61BOS 113, 58STL 104
(1961 Celtics Win Series 4-0)

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2 Responses to “Most Dominant Playoff Tournament: Pool C, Round 1”

  1. Brandon Says:

    I know you have no control over it, but the thought of Earl Barron playing defense against Bill Russell brings me such great joy.

  2. AHL Says:

    This tournament has really favored the more modern team of the matchups so far.