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Old 02-12-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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Default Playoff teams that got a bad draw/drew the short straw

Sometimes, when you want to win in the playoffs, who you draw is an important factor along with how you play and how you're looking going into the playoffs.

What are some instances you recall of playoff teams drawing the short straw and getting a bad draw or tougher road?

Two that came to my mind:

2002 Blazers- Finished 6th in the West standings, one game behind Minnesota. Had they caught them, they would have avoided the Lakers (who swept them) and instead would have faced the Mavericks (who they took to seven games a year later).

2006 Grizzlies- Battled Clippers to avoid 60-win Dallas in round 1 and instead draw a Denver team that, though they won their division, had a worse record than both. They got swept by Dallas. Don't think that would have happened if they face Denver.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Playoff teams that got a bad draw/drew the short straw

1999 Magic- finished in a 3-way tie with the Pacers and Heat for best record in the East, but lost on the tiebreakers and ended up with the 3 seed.

Instead of drawing the Knicks or the playoff neophyte Bucks, they drew an improving 76er team led by a rapidly-rising Allen Iverson.

Do the Knicks still do anything in the '99 playoffs if they face Orlando? Could they have made a playoff run if they face untested Milwaukee?
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1999 Magic- finished in a 3-way tie with the Pacers and Heat for best record in the East, but lost on the tiebreakers and ended up with the 3 seed.

Instead of drawing the Knicks or the playoff neophyte Bucks, they drew an improving 76er team led by a rapidly-rising Allen Iverson.

Do the Knicks still do anything in the '99 playoffs if they face Orlando? Could they have made a playoff run if they face untested Milwaukee?

1989 Cleveland Cavaliers drawing a 47 win Chicago bulls team in the first round.
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Old 02-12-2012, 11:43 PM   #4
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Default Re: Playoff teams that got a bad draw/drew the short straw

The Mavs 2011

The defending champions with two all-NBA players.

The most promising young team with 2 all-NBA players.

The best team in the league,biggest favorite for the title,with 2 all-NBA players.

I don't even have to mention a very good Blazers team many picked to beat them.

One of the most impressive play-off runs considering the competition.

I know the topic is for teams that lost due to a tough draw but the Mavs were pretty big underdogs in every round except the first which most experts were giving it a 50%-50% chance.

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The Mavs 2011

The defending champions with two all-NBA players.

The most promising young team with 2 all-NBA players.

The best team in the league,biggest favorite for the title,with 2 all-NBA players.

I don't even have to mention a very good Blazers team many picked to beat them.

One of the most impressive play-off runs considering the competition.

I know the topic is for teams that lost due to a tough draw but the Mavs were pretty big underdogs in every round except the first which most experts were giving it a 50%-50% chance.

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Old 02-13-2012, 04:03 AM   #6
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Default Re: Playoff teams that got a bad draw/drew the short straw

I mentioned the 1999 Magic.

That tiebreaker situation would have been moot if they don't blow this game to the Lakers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3WMjsJ9Jgw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG89T57ZBBc

Consider how different the playoffs would have been in the East.

What we got
(1) Miami vs. (8) New York
(2) Indiana vs. (7) Milwaukee
(3) Orlando vs. (6) Philadelphia
(4) Atlanta vs. (5) Detroit

What we would have gotten if Orlando doesn't choke this game:

(1) Orlando vs. (8) New York
(2) Miami vs. (7) Milwaukee
(3) Indiana vs. (6) Philadelphia
(4) Atlanta vs. (5) Detroit

That would have altered the Knicks, Heat, and Magic playoff fates that year:

New York- They hated Miami with a passion. Would they have been able to get up for Orlando?

Miami- Does that team do any playoff damage if they get a playoff neophyte Milwaukee instead of their bitterest enemy?

Orlando- The road to the NBA Finals would have run through their state- and they would have faced a Knick team that got up for their Sunshine State neighbor.

Trust me, it's a lot bigger than a simple flip-flopping of seeds. That would have altered the entire NBA Playoffs picture of 1999!

Do the Knicks even get out of round 1 (for the record, Orlando swept them that season)? How do the Magic/Heat fare against different opposition?

How would this have affected the NBA Finals? Do the Spurs still win a title?

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