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Throwback Thursday: First round series to go seven


VIDEO: The Bulls and Celtics square off in an epic 2009 first-round series

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: First round series to go seven games

The NBA Playoffs are a magical time in the basketball universe as every game matters and each player gives it their all.

To honor the playoffs, this Thursday we look back at the 14 first-round series to go the full seven games (the first round expanded from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven format in 2003). Hopefully this year’s playoffs provide similar dramatics.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: First Round Series to Go Seven

Which of these was your favorite series? Leave your comments below!

Joakim Noah was Born To Run

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the things that makes Bulls center Joakim Noah such an effective center is his mobility; it’s hard for most NBA players to keep up with him on the break, much less other big men. Watching him get out and run the floor, and particularly when he has the ball in his hands, there’s an element of danger there. Is he going to dribble the ball off his foot? Is he going to throw a pass out of bounds? But he generally makes the correct plays, which is why it’s so much fun to watch Noah run the floor. Rob Mahoney at SI.com put together this supercut of Noah on the break, set to, appropriately, Bruce Springsteen‘s “Born To Run”…


VIDEO: Noah was born to run

(via The Point Forward)

Paul George got five on it

Here at the All Ball lair, we put a heavy spotlight on the offensive exploits of NBA players. Defensive prowess gets love too, mainly in the form of a monstrous block or chicanery.

When the Pacers visited Chicago for their second matchup in three nights Monday, Paul George added another dimension to the Top Plays Theatre. His weapon of choice: long arms, quick feet and insatiable persistence.

In a sequence early in the game, he attempted to pilfer the Bulls’ rock not once, not twice, not thrice, but five times before he emerged successful. To say it’s one of the best defensive efforts of the season is an understatement:


VIDEO: Ever the opportunist, Paul George uses five attempts to get the steal and score

Michael Carter-Williams and Sixers continue losing streak

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Sixers almost ended it last night. Coming in to their game with Chicago, the Sixers had lost 21 games in a row, a franchise record. Down three with about four minutes left, the Sixers had a shot at the win, but the Bulls managed to wake up and close them out, extending their losing streak to 22 games. The Sixers are now just 4 losses from tying the all-time NBA record of 26 consecutive losses.

And while the Sixers coaches and players have talked about keeping a level head and not getting frustrated, this GIF of a Michael Carter-Williams play from last night’s game from SBNation seems to pretty much encapsulate the way they’re feeling right now…

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Lorde attends, tweets Bulls/Thunder game

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLorde is the stage name of the 17-year-old singer/songwriter from New Zealand who just recently won a couple of Grammys for her song “Royals.” Last night, while in Chicago on tour, Lorde took in the big Bulls/Thunder match-up. And while she doesn’t seem to know much about the NBA, it sounds as though a good time was had by all. (Although considering her well-documented fascination with royalty, I’m kinda guessing she’d be a Kings or a King James fan?)

Last night’s Shaqtin moments

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night’s Rockets/Thunder game was a scrappy, physical affair that was reminiscent of playoff basketball. It wasn’t the only entertaining game last night, but it also didn’t provide the lone potential Shaqtin’ A Fool moment. Dwight Howard, Corey Brewer, Taj Gibson, come on down!


VIDEO: Dwight’s pass


VIDEO: Brewer’s dunk


VIDEO: Taj’s dunk

Big Weekend For The Mutombo Finger Wag

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I grew up in Atlanta during the ’90s, a time that coincided with the run of Dikembe Mutombo as an Atlanta Hawk. Mutombo never really developed a dominant offensive post game, he was terrific on defense. He got dunked on from time to time, yes, but that was because he tried to block any shot that came near the rim. And when he did get his hands on a shot attempt, Mutombo generally turned that shot around pretty quickly. And then came the crowning glory: The Finger Wag.

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It was such a prevalent maneuver that my friends and I started using it in traffic to express our displeasure with other drivers. It was cheeky, but ultimately non-threatening. Also, it was awesome.

Even though Mutombo retired a few seasons ago, the finger wag remains relevant. Just yesterday, for instance we got two displays of the Mutombo finger wag. First Amar’e Stoudemire delivered one after blocking Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson

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And then we saw one from the stands, as Joakim Noah‘s dad, Yannick, dropped one following a block from Joakim that caused a Miami 24-second violation…

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Mutombo may be gone. The finger wag will never die.

Detroit Pistons Mascot Gets Sweet Revenge Against Joakim Noah

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months back we caught up with Detroit Pistons mascot Hooper as he had a very bad weekend. After first having a run-in with Andray Blatche and the Nets, Robin Lopez and the Blazers also had their way with Hooper.

But last night, Hooper seemed to draw some measure of revenge against Bulls center Joakim Noah. During pregame warmups, Hooper got on Joakim’s level and challenged him to a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. This footage is a bit inconclusive, but it appears as though Hooper goes paper while Noah goes rock. Classic move by Hooper.

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This had no long-lasting effects on Noah, apparently, who went out and turned in his second triple-double in his last three games. After the game, leaving the floor, he must have felt as if he’d conquered the Pistons.

But not if Hooper was going to have anything to do with it…

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It was all enough to lead Hooper to talk a little Twitter trash…

Joakim, Jimmy Butler Won’t Be Stopped


VIDEO: Joakim Noah was a diming fool against the Knicks Sunday

The Chicago Bulls don’t want our pity. Despite being hit hard with injuries and attrition the last two seasons, they continue to make it their business to repel any “that’s OK, there’s always next year” sentiments fans are wont to throw their way. And these days, fresh off ripping the Knicks at home for their ninth win in 10 games, business is good.

For Joakim Noah, it was a historic performance. He recorded his fifth triple-double. By halftime, the deed was almost done, as he was two rebounds shy of the mark. His 14 assists were the most ever by a Bulls center, and the most by a center in the NBA since 1978.

His doings could have easily been the talk of the game, but not so fast, says Jimmy Butler. In the first quarter, he poked the ball out of Carmelo Anthony’s hands. After dashing toward the sideline to save the loose pill to the hands of Kirk Hinrich, things got a bit tricky for Jimmy.

But fear not, he had a solution:


VIDEO: Jimmy Butler runs through the stands to get back on the court

Tom Thibodeau Will Laugh In Your Nightmares

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Aaaaaahhhhh!

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(via r/NBA)