Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Flashback: The John Starks disaster

A dejected John Starks of the New York

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Day 20 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Houston Rockets. The Rockets franchise has two NBA title, and has 12 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 22, 1994

Situation: The No. 2 Houston Rockets and the No. 2 New York Knicks are tied, 3-3, heading to Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Context: The Rockets opened up the season 15-0, lost to the Hawks, then...

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Flashback: Arenas beats the buzzer

Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas reacts after hitting the

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Day 16 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Washington Wizards. The Wizards franchise has one NBA title, and has five playoff appearance since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 4, 2005

Situation: The No. 5 Washington Wizards and the No. 4 Chicago Bulls are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Context: Prior to the 2004-05...

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Flashback: Electric Game 7 in Seattle

From left, Seattle SuperSonics' Vincent Askew, Sherrell Ford,

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Day 15 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder franchise has one NBA title, and has 12 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 2, 1996

Situation: The No. 1 Seattle SuperSonics and the No. 3 Utah Jazz are tied, 3-3, heading to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals

Context: The 1995-96 Sonics were coming off back-to-back...

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Flashback: Horry, then Donaghy, sink Kings

Los Angeles Lakers' Derek Fisher, left, runs on

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Day 14 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Sacramento Kings. The Kings franchise has one NBA title, and has nine playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 26, 2002

Situation: The No. 1 Sacramento Kings lead the No. 3 Los Angeles Lakers, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

Context: For the first time since the team was in Rochester...

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Flashback: Blazers overcome Rudd's trey

Utah Jazz Karl Malone takes the ball away

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Day 13 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Portland Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers franchise has one NBA title, and has 15 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 26, 1992

Situation: The No. 1 Portland Trail Blazers and the No. 2 Utah Jazz are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

Context: For the third straight season, Clyde...

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Flashback: Dirk has his MJ moment

Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki reacts during the first

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Day 12 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks franchise has one NBA title, and has 11 playoff appearance since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 7, 2011

Situation: The No. 3 Dallas Mavericks trail the No. 2 Miami Heat, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Context: Coming off a very inconsistent regular season, the Dallas Mavericks were...

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Flashback: Nuggets move within two games of Finals

Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith reacts after making

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Day 11 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets franchise has never won an NBA title, and has 10 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 25, 2009

Situation:The No. 2 seed Denver Nuggets trail the No. 1 seed Los Angeles Lakers, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Context: George Karl’s Nuggets won the Northwest...

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Flashback: Jordan's jumper rattles out

A dejected Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan heads off

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Day 10 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Utah Jazz. The Jazz franchise has never won an NBA title, and has 16 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 8, 1997

Situation: The No. 1 Utah Jazz trail the No. 1 Chicago Bulls, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Context: One season after faling in seven games to the Seattle Sonics, the Jazz had the...

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Flashback: Horry checks Nash

Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash (13), of Canada, and

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Day 9 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Phoenix Suns. The Suns franchise has never won an NBA title, and has 16 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 14, 2007

Situation: The No. 2 seed Phoenix Suns trail the No. 3 seed San Antonio Spurs, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Context: Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire and Mike...

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Flashback: Magic stunned by the King

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) celebrates after his

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Day 8 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Orlando Magic. The Magic franchise has never won an NBA title, and has 13 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 22, 2009

Situation: The No. 3 seed Orlando Magic lead the No. 1 seed Cleveland Cavaliers, 1-0, heading to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Context: The Orlando Magic used the league’s best...

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