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Old 06-30-2008, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Michael Jordan's Greatest NBA Finals (Second 3 Peat)

I already made a thread about his NBA FInals performances from the First 3 peat but how about the 2nd 3 peat?? Which was his best Finals?

1996 - 6 Games... 27.3 PPG .... 5.3 RPG ... 4.2 APG ... 41.5 FG% ... 84 FT%... 23.1 PER

1997 - 6 Games... 32.3 PPG .... 7.0 RPG ... 6.0 APG ... 45.6 FG% ... 76 FT%... 29.5 PER

1998 - 6 games... 33.5 PPG .... 4.0 RPG ... 2.3 APG ... 42.7 FG% ... 81% FT%... 30.8 PER
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:21 PM   #2
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I already made a thread about his NBA FInals performances from the First 3 peat but how about the 2nd 3 peat?? Which was his best Finals?

1996 - 6 Games... 27.3 PPG .... 5.3 RPG ... 4.2 APG ... 41.5 FG% ... 84 FT%... 23.1 PER

1997 - 6 Games... 32.3 PPG .... 7.0 RPG ... 6.0 APG ... 45.6 FG% ... 76 FT%... 29.5 PER

1998 - 6 games... 33.5 PPG .... 4.0 RPG ... 2.3 APG ... 42.7 FG% ... 81% FT%... 30.8 PER

his numbers were better in the first 3 championship because he was so fast and strong

but his 96 finals he really didnt have to do much since they were so much better than the sonics his 97 and 98 to me personally were his best ones i dont care what the stats says he was just clutch in 97 hitting the game 1 game winner at the buzzzer and game 5with the flu game and 98 we all know that shot of the ages game 6 crossover pull up over bryon russell
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Game 6 game winner buzzer beater > all
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Game 6 game winner buzzer beater > all
it wasnt a buzzer beater.

but it was the game winning shot. which is just as good.
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it wasnt a buzzer beater.

but it was the game winning shot. which is just as good.

k whatever nerd **** happened over 10 years ago get over it...kobe > jordan anyway
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Default Re: Michael Jordan's Greatest NBA Finals (Second 3 Peat)

'97 > '98 >> '96

It should be noted that as poorly as Jordan played by his standards in '96 (and there are various reasons for that which I won't delve into), he still shot the ball as well or better than his second-fourth options (Pippen shot 34%, Kerr 30%, Kukoc 42%, Harper 37%) despite seeing double teams and hard traps all series and putting up a much higher ppg volume than his teammates.
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k whatever nerd **** happened over 10 years ago get over it...kobe > jordan anyway
Sounds like those damn asians from California.
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'97 > '98 >> '96

It should be noted that as poorly as Jordan played by his standards in '96 (and there are various reasons for that which I won't delve into), he still shot the ball as well or better than his second-fourth options (Pippen shot 34%, Kerr 30%, Kukoc 42%, Harper 37%) despite seeing double teams and hard traps all series and putting up a much higher ppg volume than his teammates.

Please, enlighten us...

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Please, enlighten us...


Well, the entire team was just OFF the entire series, bricking wide open shots (see shooting %'s above). This allowed Seattle to continue focusing their entire defensive effort on Jordan, since nobody was making them pay for doing so. As I noted, Jordan's second through fourth options shot as poorly or worse than he did despite seeing a fraction of the defensive pressure he did, and despite averaging far lower ppg.

Jordan was just off too. If you actually watch the series (rather than just looking at the stats), you'll see Jordan missing 2-4 shots each game that he usually makes. I'm talking about wide open layups, offensive putbacks, and open baseline 16-footers that he literally never missed. He was still getting the shots he wanted (i.e., good looks) and was still playing his game...he just bricked them for whatever reasons. And it wasn't fatigue, either, since he would miss them in the first quarter/haf as often as the second half or 4th quarter. I can't explain it, really. Maybe the memory of his dad was overwhelming him mentally given the proximity to Father's Day.

And yes, Seattle's defense (Payton in particular) should get credit. But if you watch the series, you'll see that the above (about him missing numerous open shots) is true. Jordan wouldn't have shot 50% that series imo, but he would have been around 45-46% at least. I can't give the defense too much credit when I see him missing layups, tip-ins, and open midrange J's all series long (when MJ hits the side of the backboard on a baseline J as he did in one game, you know something's up :oldlol ).


In light of Kobe's recent Finals, a lot of Kobe fans have been comparing his series to this series by Jordan, but if you actually watch the series, they were nothing alike. Jordan was actually getting the shots he wanted; he worked to get good looks and got them...and then missed. Kobe never got good looks, and he never worked or made the proper decisions to get them. The series are also dissimilar for other reasons (e.g., MJ never disappeared for 2-3 quarters at a time as Kobe did many games), but that's neither here nor there. Not bashing, just figured I'd throw that in since it's been brought up a lot recently by Kobe fans.
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