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Old 04-21-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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That's true, but the devil's in the details. The Lakers were injury depleted with Magic, Worthy, and Scott all hurt, and Sam Perkins became their go-to guy.

The Blazers took a 15 point lead in game 6 which would have tied the series 3-3. I remember this game pretty vividly; the bulls were just frozen up on offense, and couldn't do a thing right. Jackson pulled all the starters except Pippen, and the scrubs managed to chip away at the lead, whereupon Jordan came back in to help them to a victory. The point being that this was hardly Team Unbeatable.

They needed a couple buzzer-beater shots against the Jazz to win. Even the Suns came within a missed 30-foot 3 pt attempt by Majarle which would have sent it to game 7.

Only the 1996 finals against the Sonics, the year the Bulls went 72-10, was a fairly sure bet. That was the one year when the Bulls could be said to be truly dominant, and a lot of it was due to Dennis Rodman.
Yeah, but....the Bulls still managed to win....and those were some truly beastly teams that quite frankly got robbed of rings because the Bulls were just better.

Seriously, the Utah teams with Stockton and Malone? The Suns team with Barkley etc.? The Knicks teams? All championship calibre, it's not a coincidence they all got beat.

P.S. The Lakers team "injuries" were old ass guys. The Bulls flat out just owned the Lakers, largely after they put Pippen on Magic and he couldn't run as efficient of offense.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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I'm with MathGuy on this one - the fact the Bulls were pushed hard but not super hard in 4 of their 6 finals appearances (1992 vs Portland, 1993 vs Phoenix, and 1997 and 1998 vs Utah) is more a function of the quality of their opponents than any weaknesses on the Bulls' part.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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That's true, but the devil's in the details. The Lakers were injury depleted with Magic, Worthy, and Scott all hurt, and Sam Perkins became their go-to guy.

The Blazers took a 15 point lead in game 6 which would have tied the series 3-3. I remember this game pretty vividly; the bulls were just frozen up on offense, and couldn't do a thing right. Jackson pulled all the starters except Pippen, and the scrubs managed to chip away at the lead, whereupon Jordan came back in to help them to a victory. The point being that this was hardly Team Unbeatable.

They needed a couple buzzer-beater shots against the Jazz to win. Even the Suns came within a missed 30-foot 3 pt attempt by Majarle which would have sent it to game 7.

Only the 1996 finals against the Sonics, the year the Bulls went 72-10, was a fairly sure bet. That was the one year when the Bulls could be said to be truly dominant, and a lot of it was due to Dennis Rodman.
91, the bulls lost 2 games the entire playoffs. You can gloss over this, but it doesn't make it right.

93, the bulls were a triple OT loss away from sweeping the first four games.

Those were dominant teams
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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Well obviously they were great teams--no one would argue that. I'm just saying that with a few bad breaks here and there, several of those titles could have easily slipped through their hands. The 95-96 team is the one team about which that can't be said.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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The Bulls would have gone 82-0
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Denver
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The Bulls would have gone 82-0
In consecutive seasons. Love the 90s Bulls.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:50 PM
 
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Derrick Rose has torn his ACL and will be out for the season. You hate to see a guy go down with an injury like that. Rose is my favorite non-Celtic player and hope he has a full and fast recovery.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Well obviously they were great teams--no one would argue that. I'm just saying that with a few bad breaks here and there, several of those titles could have easily slipped through their hands. The 95-96 team is the one team about which that can't be said.
Well, Jordan didn't let that happen. The real NBA is not like NBA 2K12 or Madden where you can pump all of your players up to a 99 rating and beat every team by 40 points. If you go back and look at any championship team, there's a game here or there that they could have lost. The fact that the Bulls won six titles, and went 72-10 during one of those runs, is beyond incredible.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:18 AM
 
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Well obviously they were great teams--no one would argue that. I'm just saying that with a few bad breaks here and there, several of those titles could have easily slipped through their hands. The 95-96 team is the one team about which that can't be said.
As BajanYankee said, you could say that about just about any championship team. Hell, the 72 win team had a few games they 'could' have won and others they 'could' have lost as well. That's basketball.
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