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Old 05-25-2018, 10:46 PM
 
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The Lakers played the Knicks, not the Celtics in that series. Wilt was 37 years old, and in his final season.



Again, the 34 year old Wilt and his Lakers played the Knicks, not the Celtics. Wilt was a weak ft-shooter. So was Shaq. Wilt put up 21 pts and 24 boards, while shooting 62% from the field in that game.



This is Wilt's single worst finals performance. He averaged only 12 points and 25 boards. He did, however shoot .500 from the field. He wasn't the offensive focus because this was Jerry West's team.



Wilt averaged 22/25/7 in this series, on 49% shooting, with Russell guarding him. In the deciding game, Wilt put up 14/34/5. Five of the eight Celtics who played in that game are in the Hall of Fame.




Wilt averaged 28/30/3 in this series. In the elimination game, he put up 46 points and 34 rebounds, of 56% from the field, against Russell. Six of the seven Celtics who played in that game are in the Hall of Fame.




Wilt averaged 30 points and 34 rebounds in this series, against Russell. In that Game 3 loss he put up 24 points and 37 boards. In game 7, he put up 30 points and 33 rebounds while shooting .800 from the field. Six of the eight Celtics who played in that game are in the hall of fame.



In this series, Wilt averaged 29/28 against Bill Russell. EIGHT of the eleven Celtics who played in that series are Hall of Famers.



He averaged 45/23. unfortunately his team sucked.





Another way to put this is Wilt torched Russell for 34 points and 27 boards per game. In game 7, he put up 22/22 while shooting 47% from the field and 89% from the line. Seven of the eight Celtics who played in that game 7 are hall of famers.



Wilt put up 37/23 in that series, including 33/23 in that elimination game. Unfortunately the Nationals caught fire with five players averaging double figures.



Again, Wilt lit Russell up, to the tune of 31/28, including 50/39 in game 5. There was nothing Russell, the greatest defender in the world, could do to stop him. Seven of the ten Celtics who played in that series are in the hall of fame.
And in a broader scope...thatís a lot of apologizing. Wilt had the stats but more often than not his numbers didnít translate to wins even when his team had home court advantage or was leading a series. In big games he may not even lead his own team in scoring. Yeah, Shaq was a poor free throw shooter but he often made them when it counted...Shaq even says this.

How is a player ďtorchingĒ another player while going from a regular season average of 50ppg to 34ppg or 38ppg to 31ppg? One thing that makes Michael Jordan...Michael Jordan is that he brought fire in the regular season and he brought more fire in the playoffs. There was no scoring drop off. Look at the first 3 peat - Jordan averaged 30-33 during the regular season and even more in the finals. If an opposing player held Jordan to 30% fewer points than his regular season average, the Bulls donít 3peat and theyíre a totally different animal in the playoffs.

Wilt was a offensive beast of epic proportions in the regular season but he was containable in playoffs - to a degree that his teams werenít as good. Wilt NEVER averaged more points in the playoffs than he did in the regular season. A player like Jordan accomplished that feat all but 2 season in which his scoring dropped by an insignificant 0.4ppg and 1.4ppg. Why does Wiltís offense drop off in every playoffs? His career regular season average is 30.1ppg yet his career playoffs average is a relatively pedestrian 22.5ppg. What would we say if any player today had a similar drop off between the regular and post season?
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:12 PM
 
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Here's an article that quotes from Sam Walker's book regarding Bill Russell and "the Coleman play" that took place in the 7th game of the finals during Russell's rookie year. A player named Jack Coleman had the ball, and an unimpeded path to the basket about 46 feet away. Bill Russell was still under his own basket. There were 40 seconds left, and the Celts were up by a point. Somehow Russell caught up w/ Coleman, and blocked his layup from behind.


There is no video available, but Walker calculates that Russell would have had to cover the distance at a rate faster than the Olympic sprint record of the time:


https://www.boston.com/sports/boston...lay-leadership
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The spot where Coleman caught the ball was roughly forty-six feet from Boston’s basket. With a running start, Coleman would have needed only about three seconds to cover the distance. The spot from which Russell began his pursuit (underneath the opposite basket) would have been more than ninety-two feet away. To catch Coleman, by my calculations, Russell had accelerated from a dead stop to reach an average speed of thirty-one feet per second, or twenty-one miles per hour. To get some perspective on this, I looked up the results of the men’s hundred-meter final at the previous year’s Olympics. The winning time was 10.62 seconds. If Russell had maintained the same average speed for a full one hundred meters, he would have finished in 10.58 seconds, winning the gold medal by a nose.
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:14 PM
 
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Here is a (grainy) 11 second video that shows Russell's athletic prowess:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2AlFrOj5Mc
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:19 PM
 
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Here is a (grainy) 11 second video that shows Russell's athletic prowess:
I applaud him for not taking the 2 and a half to 3 steps all superstars take when driving to the basket, nowadays!
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