Quiz: Can You Name the Losing Team of These NBA Playoff Series?
Can You Name the Losing Team of These NBA Playoff Series?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

At the end of every regular season, 16 NBA teams head to the playoffs with visions of ultimate glory in mind. Only one of those squads will come away with a ring ... the rest of those men will have all summer to think about how they failed. What do you know about the teams that came up short in the NBA postseason?

In the 1980 NBA Finals, Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sprained his ankle and couldn't play, and the Philadelphia 76ers began licking their chops, sure that they'd make quick work of L.A. But a guy named Magic Johnson filled in for Jabbar and did amazingly well, and the West Coast stalwarts won the title in six games. Can you name any other teams that maybe should've won it all, but didn't?

In the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics were showing their age against the youthful Pistons. With just moments to play in game five and the Celtics trailing, Larry Bird intercepted a pass, whisked it to Dennis Johnson, who made a layup good for a one-point lead ... with just 1 second remaining, and the Pistons were goners.

Let's see if you can shoot to win in this very tough NBA quiz. Maybe you know the famous losers of the postseason, or maybe just like them, you'd be better off riding the pine!

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