Many great teams have failed to win NBA championship rings. There are upsets and choke jobs every season but they’re never less exciting than in the playoffs. Nothing is more enjoyable than watching an underdog knock a favorite out of contention.
So today, let’s look at some of the most dramatic postseason chokes ever. These teams should have won easily but they failed to deliver. Some of them bounced back and won the following season. Others failed to capitalize on their moment in history. But either way, they were devastating to otherwise good teams, so check them out via The Ringer right here.
25. Miami Heat – 1999
The Knicks made it to the Finals in 1999. Furthermore, they were the first eight seeds in history to achieve this. The biggest shock they pulled off was this victory over the Heat in the first round. Everybody projected a Miami victory but New York knocked them out of contention.
This was a weird season because there were only 50 games after the lockout. Luckily for the Knicks, Latrell Sprewell had a point to prove after his suspension ended. He blitzed the Heat in an exciting five-game series. Miami didn’t see this coming (via N.Y. Daily News).