Saturday, February 6, 2016

The President's Day Precedent, Part 4

Here's how NBA teams with the best records have fared in the postseason.

The President's Day Precedent, Part 4


(BoopNote: We have looked at how the top NHL, MLB and NFL teams have fared in the postseason recently. Below we check in on the NBA. We will weave them all together in a post scheduled to go up at 9 p.m.)


Only two of the last 11 NBA champions finished with the top mark in the regular season.

Before that, five consecutive seasons (1995-96 through 1999-00) saw the team with best record take home the brass ring.

Here are how the NBA's best teams have fared in the postseason since 2000:

Season Team  W-  L Pct. Eliminated In Champion
2010-11 Bulls 62-20   .756   Conference Final Mavericks   
2009-10 Cavaliers 61-21  .744  Conference Semifinal     Lakers 
2008-09  Cavaliers  66-16  .805  Conference Final  Lakers 
2007-08     Celtics  66-16  .805  —  Celtics 
2006-07 Mavericks  67-15 .817  First Round  Spurs 
2005-06  Pistons  64-18  .780  Conference Final  Heat 
2004-05  Suns  62-26  .756  Conference Final  Spurs 
2003-04  Pacers  61-21  .744  Conference Final  Pistons 

Conference Final 
2001-02 Kings  61-21  .744  Conference Final  Lakers 
2000-01  Spurs  58-24  .707  Conference Final  Lakers 
1999-00  Lakers  67-15  .817  —  Lakers
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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