The Greatest Conference Finals Series in NBA History

1981 Eastern Conference Finals

Date: April 21-May 3, 1990
Teams and result: Boston Celtics over Philadelphia 76ers in seven games.

It was a rematch of 1980 battle and a prelude to the '82 series. How close was it? Five of the seven meetings were decided by two points or less (including all of the final four).

The Sixers had Boston on the ropes three separate times (complete with double digit leads) in this series and in all three failed to finish the job. Philly just couldn't, for their playoff lives, close the door, as Boston always roared back and won the fourth quarter. You can argue the Sixers were a team of chokes or you could argue the Celtics had the heart of a champion by never giving up.

Game 6 was especially frustrating as Andrew Toney (who hit the winning free throws in Game 1) was blocked by Kevin McHale with a chance to put the series on ice. Opportunities like that don't come along too often. But then in Game 7 they had another chance with 29 seconds left in regulation Maurice Cheeks missed a free throw that would've tied the ball game.

This had to be as aggravating as babysitting quintuplets if you were a Sixers fan, but that's sometimes the shit you have to deal with in the playoffs. #seewhatwedidthere?

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