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It Looks Like “Ratings/Hype Seventh Heaven” In The 2018 NBA Semi-Finals

May 26, 2018

If, in tonight’s game 6/NBA West finals, the defending champion and 12 point favorite (10 to 1, money line), Golden State Warriors prevail at home, vs the Houston Rockets, there will be decisive game sevens in both NBA semi-final series for the first time since 1979.

It would be just the third time in 61 possibilities (1958-2018), that both NBA semis would have gone to a game 7.

In ’79 the eventual champion Seattle SuperSonics, now the Oklahoma City Thunder, won #7 at home vs the Phoenix Suns. In the East, on a Friday night, a game type years away from national television coverage, the great Bob Dandridge led the Washington Bullets to a #7 win vs the even greater, George Gervin and the San Antonio Spurs.

The only other time both best of 7 NBA semi-final series went to a seventh game, the Celtics en route to 5th straight title and 6th in 7 seasons in another great, Bob Cousy’s last season, won #7 at home vs Oscar Robertson and the Cincinnati Royals.

In the West, the Lakers prevailed vs the then St. Louis Hawks now in Atlanta, in what was  St. Louis’ Bob Pettit’s seventh and penultimate appearance, in the NBA semis/conference final.

 

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