1979 nba conference final playoffs
Posted Feb 2nd, 2007 at 05:09 AM by trivfun
I don't think any other time has there been a better NBA Conference final series than in 1979. You had a great series between Phoenix and Seattle that went to a thrilling game 7. Likewise, you had the Washington Bullets vs. San Antonio that also went 7 games.
The Phoenix and Seattle series, why hasn't anybody asked coach, John McLeod, why he decided to miss a free throw on purpose when you have no rebounders and you have done a great job stealing passes from the inbound in the last 15 seconds where you reduced an 7 pt to 2; plus a free throw, to be only down 1 pt with 4 seconds left? Yet, you ask Westphal to miss a 2 to make 1 free throw on purpose both times: one even hit the backboard and nissed the basket altogether and the other barely touched iron. I know you had no timeouts and the Sonics could inbound at half-court. Westphal misses and Jack Sikma rebounds as well as makes 2 free throws to seal the 114-100 lead.
Lots of theories of why San Antonio lost after a 3-1 lead and were leading by 8 with 2 minutes left in the Game 7. The Bullets played rough and got away with calls after game 4. Yet when Billy Paultz sets a touch screen to Thomas Henderson who fell down like a tree, Billy got charged with a foul with a minute and a half in that Game 7. Would a former ABA team making the finals been too much to take?
You had the old NBA with the Bullets in Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, and Bobby Dandridge against the new ABA style game of the Spurs with George Gervin, James Silas, and Larry Kenon. Role players like Greg Ballard, Kevin Grevey, Charles Johnson, Larry Wright, Mitch Kupchak, Dave Corzene, Thomas Henderson and PHil Chernier for the Bullets. Role Players for the Spurs of Coby Dietrick, Mark Olberding, Billy Paultz, Mike Gale, Allan Bristow, and more.
The finals were pretty much climatic. The Bullets were spent and the Sonics hungry. The whole year was pretty much shadowed with Bill Walton's injury.