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Teams That Blew a 3-1 Lead

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Did your NBA team blow a 3-1 lead? There’s always next year. Jason and Rich discuss the teams who squandered a 3-1 advantage in a playoff series and what happened next in the latest episode of the Over and Back Classic NBA podcast.

With both the Golden State Warriors (in the Finals, you might have heard) and the Oklahoma City Thunder facing seasons after epic 3-1 collapses, we look at how other teams handled the same situation. Series discussed and their aftermaths include: the Celtics vs. 76ers in 1968, Pacers vs. Kentucky Colonels in 1969, Lakers vs. Suns in 1970, Celtics vs. 76ers in 1981, Rockets vs. Suns in 1995, Heat vs. Knicks in 1997, Pistons vs. Magic in 2003, Suns vs. Lakers in 2006, and Rockets vs. Clippers in 2015.

We delve into possibly Bill Russell’s greatest triumph, the 1968 Sixers breaking up a would-be dynasty, an epic fight between the Pacers and Colonels, odd NBA playoff seedings of the early 1970s, Doug Moe accusing referees of malfeasance, Larry Bird helping Celtic-Sixer history repeat itself, the Rockets sending Charles Barkley out of Phoenix, a major brawl that changed the course of the Heat-Knicks rivalry, Tracy McGrady being overconfident, Kobe Bryant forgetting how to shoot, and what in the heck got into the Houston Rockets.