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NBA Playoffs: Top 5 Moments In History

That time of the year is upon us again – the NBA Playoffs.

Despite the Suns’ absence from the post season, the playoffs began last week. The the best teams from each conference battle it out amongst their conference rivals and eventually leads us to the Finals in early June.

Injuries, nervousness, controversy, and buzzer beaters have defined this season, but once playoffs begin, everyone is back to zero.

From Jordan to Fisher, and last minute sky hooks, basketball’s fast-paced style attracts millions of worldwide fans and displays some of the greatest athletes performing at their peak.

With all the hype of the postseason and continuous replays on SportsCenter many fans will see in the coming months, I put together a list of the Top 5 NBA moments in Playoff History:

5.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs

Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference semi-finals

4.

Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz

Michael Jordan hits a game winning shot in the 1998 Finals

3.

Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons

Game 5 of the 1989 Playoffs

2.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

Game winning baby hook from Magic Johnson in Game 5 of the 1987 Finals

1.

Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons

Larry Bird steals the inbound pass with just seconds left in the 1987 Conference Finals

 

With the excitement of the NBA Playoffs, what are some of your favorite NBA moments in history?

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Phoenix Suns will try and make a playoff appearance, without Amare

Suns Look Forward To An ‘Amare’-less Postseason

Amare was a diva – there’s no questioning that.

Amare Stoudemire from a home game on the Phoenix Suns, December 21, 2008

Amare’s exit from Arizona to the Big Apple created a firestorm of excitement last year that has soared expectations. Madison Square Garden has been rejuvenated, and likewise, thousands of “anti-Amare” feelings flooded Facebook posts from Phoenix at the same time.

It’s given life back to New York City basketball, the likes of which it hasn’t seen a since Patrick Ewing and their 50 – 32 season in 2000.  Since then, Spike Lee and those who adorn blue-and-orange jerseys have had years of frustration to say the least.

The 2010 – 2011 season has been rough at times, and even close wins against teams like the New Jersey Nets (17 – 43) February 28th 104 – 103 has generated mixed emotions.  Nash and team drove just a few hundred miles northeast to Boston the following night to revisit their once center in Shaquille O’Neal, but ended their stream , falling 115 – 103, and remaining double digit games behind division leader San Antonio Spurs..  The Celtics, and similar west coast rivals Los Angeles Lakers, posses nearly all the intangibles the Suns don’t — an experienced and ferocious center, a dangerously passionate audience and slew of post-season victory banners. But it’s never worried the Suns before.

Grant Hill’s recent 34-point game and Chaning Frye’s two recent buzzer beaters have sparked youth into an older team and given them life.  It’s given needed momentum to a team that, historically, struggles in post-season play and breaks down in the minutes that matter.

Although they’ve had runs this season and gelled well together in spite of Nash’s pick-n-roll partner, extended survival in the playoffs will most likely evade them for 2011.  They may enter the first round and struggle, but they will most likely realize that Nash’s signature offense requires mind-reading ability — one that took Amare years to perfect.

In times of sudden-death contests against post season legends Lakers and Spurs, good players like Hill and Frye must exhibit statistical greatness.

Western Conference Finals - Suns at Lakers - Game 2 on May 19

Current West Coast rivals, Los Angeles Lakers, aren’t at their championship caliber performance, but that’s nothing new.  For a team pelted with scrutiny of inconsistency, the 2010 NBA Champs may not be in first in the West, but they know the science behind winning championships.  As much there is an expectation of winning the Southern California, there’s also an expectation of meeting the Suns in Phoenix.

Even if they make it past the first round, they’ll meet Kobe come mid-April, as they infamously have for what seems like a million times in the past decade.  Lakers vs. Suns and Nash vs. Kobe has long been a staple in NBA post-season play, and for Phoenix fans, it will hopefully continue this April.

My question is — was it really Nash vs. Kobe or was it Nash/Amare vs. Kobe?  We’ll see in six weeks.