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NBA in for a Game 7 bonanza

May 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Andre Iguodala, Blake Griffin Andre Iguodala, Blake Griffin

The NBA will tie a record with five Game 7s this weekend – the record for Game 7s in an entire postseason.

It’s a good weekend to be an NBA fan.

To state the obvious, Game 7s are awesome.

Everyone recognizes the win-or-go-home pressure both teams face. Alone, that creates an incredible dynamic.

But don’t overlook that these teams have already played each other six times, and those shared quarters often leads to some mutual disdain. Even if series were best-of-21, tensions would be high by Game 7.

So enjoy the slate: Hawks-Pacers, Grizzlies-Thunder and Warriors-Clippers on Saturday and Nets-Raptors and Mavericks-Spurs on Sunday.

The 2014 playoffs are only one Game 7 from breaking the all-time high for Game 7s in a postseason.


There were also five Game 7s in 1994, even though none were possible in the first round.

With the NBA expanding to a 15-series playoff format in 1984 and bumping the first round from best-of-five in 2003, there there have never been more best-of-seven series. So, the rules in the last 12 years have allowed more opportunities for Game 7s.

But who cares? We get more Game 7s, and that’s awesome.

  1. worldbfree4me - May 3, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Meanwhile the MIAMI HEAT rest and wait for their next victim(s)! Which is the only Con IMO. I know that the NBA did it for the revenues, but the best of 5 in the first round used to be more competitive not to mention, virtually no sub. 500 Teams. And the Lakers and Celtics of yesteryear never had a week off between series.

  2. RavenzGunnerz - May 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    I repeat this again, IF you don’t believe that we are in the golden age of basketball (at least in the west), then sir, you are a dinosaur who doesn’t want to move on…

    Talent everywhere, fast paced and high scoring basketball… everything is possible! History made!

    • ProBasketballPundit - May 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      We’re definitely in the golden age of entertaining basketball. There’s never been more talent at point guard and less at center which makes for great basketball in my opinion. Patrick Ewing was boring, Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard are exciting.

  3. larrydavid7000 - May 3, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Wizards are tired of waiting around so they can get it on with QUEEN james. PUNK CRY BABY. !!!!!!

  4. hojo20 - May 3, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    The NBA puts the Clippers-GSW game on at 10:30 EST. Thanks a lot, NBA/TV partners. Let me know how it ends.

    • naterich21 - May 3, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      Time zones. You weren’t used to this in the regular season? East games are almost always scheduled to tip-off before West games

  5. DonRSD - May 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Mayweather fight tonight.
    I won’t be watching that last game.

    GO FLOYD!!!

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