The 2014 NBA Playoffs start this Saturday and SiriusXM NBA Radio is bringing you a star-packed guest lineup on Friday, April 18th, to get you ready for every match-up in the quest for the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
SiriusXM NBA Radio’s NBA Playoffs Preview Schedule (all times ET):
- 7:30 – Toni Kukoc, 3x NBA Champion
- 8:30 – Bernard King, 4x All-Star, 2x All-NBA First Team
- 9:30 – John Havlicek, 8x NBA Champion, 13x All-Star, 4x All-NBA First Team, 5x All-Defensive First Team
- 12:30 – Earl Monroe, 1x NBA Champion, 4x All-Star, 1x All-NBA First Team
- 1:30 – Rip Hamilton, 1x NBA Champion, 3x All-Star
- 2:30 - Lenny Wilkens, 1x NBA Champion (coach), 9x All-Star, 1x Coach of the Year
- 3:30 – Jerry West, 5x NBA Champion (1x player, 4x executive), 1x Finals MVP (only player to win on losing team), 14x All-Star, 10x All-NBA First Team, 4x All-Defensive First Team
- 4:30 – Allen Iverson, 11x All-Star, 3x All-NBA First Team, 1x NBA MVP, 4x NBA Scoring Champion
- 5:30 – James Worthy, 3x NBA Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 7x All-Star
The guests combine for a remarkable 22 NBA Championships among their other accomplishments and also bring famous playoff moments to the table, as evidenced below from NBA.com.
May 13, 1994 – Toni Kukoc hit a turn-around buzzer beater to beat the New York Knicks in Game 3 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
April 27, 1984 – Isiah Thomas and Bernard King engaged in a great playoff shoot-out in Game 5 of the 1984 Eastern Conference First Round playoff series won by New York 127-123 in overtime. King scored 12 of his game-high 44 points in the final 5:12 of the fourth quarter but Thomas stole his thunder by tallying Detroit’s final 14 points in a span of just 1:34 to send the game into overtime where each star had four points. “Sometimes Zeke is magical—you saw it tonight,” Pistons Coach Chuck Daly said of Thomas.
April 15, 1965 – John Havlicek’s steal might be the most famous play in NBA history. It came with five seconds left and the Boston Celtics clinging to a precarious 110-109 lead over the 76ers in Game 7 of the 1965 Eastern Conference Finals. As Philadelphia’s Hal Greer got set to inbound the ball from the baseline under his own basket, Havlicek peeked over his shoulder. Anticipating a lob pass, Havlicek tipped the ball to teammate Sam Jones, who dribbled out the clock as the fans at Boston Garden—and Celtics broadcaster Johnny Most—went into a frenzy. “Havlicek stole the ball! It’s all over! It’s all over!” bellowed Most as the Celtics won en route to their seventh of eight consecutive NBA titles.
April 1, 1973 – Boston’s John Havlicek connected on 24 field goals, an NBA Playoff record he shares with Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan, as the Celtics defeated Atlanta in Boston 134-109 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Havlicek finished the game with 54 points.
June 4, 1976 - Boston’s Jo Jo White scored 33 points as the Celtics outlasted Phoenix 128-126 in triple-overtime in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, at the time the longest Finals game ever. Phoenix forward Gar Heard, who set a then Finals record by playing 61 minutes, hit a buzzer-beater to force the third overtime after John Havlicek’s apparent game-winner with 1 second left.
May 10, 1973 – Earl Monroe scores a team-high 23 points against the Los Angeles Lakers in the deciding game of the NBA Finals, securing the New York Knick’s second NBA Championship.
June 1, 2004 – Richard Hamilton scored a game-high 21 points, including 9 in the pivotal 4th quarter, as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the NBA Finals and a matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers.
June 10, 2004 – Richard Hamilton scored a game-high 31 points, 12 more than the next-highest scorer and more than Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant combined, to lead to Detroit Pistons over the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals and take a series lead they would not relinquish.
March 29, 1961 – As a rookie, Lenny Wilkens of the St. Louis Hawks hits two free throws to complete the comeback and beat the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. The Hawks would go on to advance to the NBA Finals after winning Game 7.
June 1, 1979 – The Seattle SuperSonics, coached by Lenny Wilkens, capture their only NBA Championship.
April 10, 1962 – With the score tied at 115 with four seconds remaining in Game 3, Sam Jones of the Celtics tried to inbound the ball at halfcourt to Bob Cousy. The Lakers’ Jerry West stepped in, deflected the ball and raced downcourt for a game-winning layup at the horn. West was mobbed by teammates and the L.A. Sports Arena crowd, and carried off the court after giving the Lakers a 2-1 series lead. The Celtics would eventually win the series in an overtime Game 7.
April 25, 1965 – Jerry West of Los Angeles averaged 46.3 points per game as the Lakers defeated the Baltimore Bullets in six games in the 1965 Western Division Finals. West scored at least 40 points in every game in posting the highest scoring average for a playoff series in NBA history.
April 17, 1966 – The Los Angeles Lakers, getting 41 points from Jerry West, came back from a 34-20 deficit after one quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 133-129 in overtime in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Boston, however, won the series in seven games. The Lakers’ comeback from 14 points down in the first quarter of Game 1 is the largest first quarter deficit ever overcome in NBA Finals play.
April 23, 1969 – Jerry West of Los Angeles scored 53 points as the Lakers edged Boston 120-118 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, a series won by the Celtics in seven games. The 53 points by West ranked as the highest-scoring game by a guard in NBA Finals history, before Chicago’s Michael Jordan scored 55 points against Phoenix in Game 4 of the 1993 Finals, a 111-105 Bulls win over the Suns.
April 29, 1970 – Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West hit a 60-foot desperation shot at the buzzer to tie Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the New York Knicks. In overtime, however, the Lakers scored just six points and lost 111-108
June 21, 1988 – James Worthy posted the first triple-double of his career with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated Detroit 108-105 in Game 7 of the Finals to become the first NBA team to successfully defend its title since the Boston Celtics in 1968 and 1969. The Lakers also became the first team in NBA history to win three consecutive seven-game series (4-3 over Utah, Dallas and Detroit).
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