When the dust settled on the 2016 NBA Finals and a championship earned by the city of Cleveland, it’s clear to say that the Golden State Warriors had a much harder time during the playoffs than they didin the regular season. First, Steph Curry was hurt and had to sit a few games in the early rounds. Luckily that didn’t really change things on the court, as Golden State took care of the Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers 4-1 in each series.
But a seven game series against the Oklahoma City Thunder — where, in some spooky foreshadowing, the Warriors were trailing OKC three games to one before coming back to win the series — saw the Dubs struggle for the first time all playoffs. It looked like something of an aberration, especially after the pair of blowouts that opened the Finals, but ultimately the Dubs weren’t able to to close out the series. Some food for thought: the Warriors lost nearly as many games in the NBA Playoffs (nine) as they did all regular season long.
When the Warriors went down before winning a championship, it make them one of two teams this year that were historically good but got knocked out before they ‘should have’ in the postseason. Here are a few of the other teams in NBA history that couldn’t close the deal on a championship, rated by not only regular season record but also point differential and how far they made it in the postseason before being eliminated.