This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich look at the historical comps for four straight NBA Finals matchups, the history between the Warriors and the Cavaliers as well as LeBron's incredible run of eight straight NBA Finals.
Topics include Golden State and Cleveland meeting in their fourth straight NBA Finals — where does that rank historically? What other NBA Finals repeat matchups have we seen throughout history? We'll look at the Boston Celtics and St. Louis Hawks battling in the late 50s/early 60s, Los Angeles Lakers and Celtics battling throughout the 60s as well as Lakers vs. Knicks, Supersonics vs. Bullets, Lakers vs. 76ers, Jazz vs. Bulls and Spurs vs. Heat. We'll look at how many times these teams faced off in the NBA Finals, what brought them to the league championship and how the franchise fared following their matchups.
We also delve into the teams that went to four straight NBA Finals, a small list including only a few teams (Celtics, Lakers, Celtics, Heat, Cavaliers and Warriors). LeBron's amazing 8th straight NBA Final and how his Finals streak beats almost every team's playoff streak, players with the most consecutive NBA Finals appearances including Bill Russell and of course, James Jones.
Additional topics include players who made it to 4+ NBA Finals over two franchises including James, Steve Kerr and Pep Saul. Players to have made 9+ NBA Finals including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Magic Johnson and more.
Lastly, a recap of the previous three NBA Finals matchups including a thrilling early series in 2015 before the Warriors took off and kickstarted their dynasty, the Cavaliers coming back from 3-1 in 2016 NBA Finals to finally bring a championship to the city of Cleveland and Kevin Durant joining the Warriors for playoff and NBA Finals domination in 2017.
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