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Adding To The Exact Year Notes

April 19, 2021

Fifty years ago tonight, the Baltimore Bullets upset the New York Knicks in game 7 of their “semi,” played at Madison Square Garden. Fred “Mad Dog” Carter hit a big shot and pumped his fist, putting the Bullets up 4 points, with about a minute to play.

Wes Unseld pressured Bill Bradley’s final shot, it missed, Gus “Honeycomb” Johnson grabbed the rebound and the Bullets were on to the final, vs the Milwaukee Bucks.

It was all Bucks in the final, Lew Alcindor (later Kareem), Oscar Robertson and Bob “Greyhound” Dandridge leading Milwaukee to a 4 game sweep.

In effect, the Bucks won what is still their only NBA crown, that April 19th, officially doing so on April 30th.

The Knicks would have had quite a chance vs the Bucks, while the Bullets simply did not. However, it still resonates as a great Bullets’ “semis” win!

Updating all these years later, tonight the Phoenix Suns, upstart, “figure head” (ode to Prince Phillip, who died in recent days) “div” leaders, (people, some named Andy B bet on that, Pauly and Mitch got 16 and can hedge, not I and nada on the Spurs’ upset win at Phoenix Saturday. Now a seemingly brutal road trip for the Suns.)) visit Milwaukee.

There is significant history between those ’68-’69 entering, franchises, as the Bucks won the coin toss and eventually Alcindor/Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

They have one title, the Suns have none.

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