Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
The 97-98 Pacers lead by Reggie Miller was the ONLY team to take the Bulls to game 7 and almost won the series, were robbed in game 7 when Travis Best's 3 pointer was dis-allowed, it was clearly before the buzzer. That team was damn good team. They had Smits, Dale Davis and Antonio Davis, Chris Mullin, Marc Jackson, Jalen Rose, Travis Best, Derrick McKey, and of course Reggie Miller.
Gave the Bulls everything they could handle and then some.
When looking at the best teams that never won it, you must look at the teams with the fewest weaknesses...well, because teams that don't win it usually have a weakness.
This Pacers team had the fewest weaknesses if any at all. The were tough defensively, they had a 7'4" Center who could hit the 16-footer and had awesome Forwards to help with the rebounding and defense. They had the "go-to" pressure shooter, a very smart PG who could also post-up...
Utah Jazz would be #2 but their problem was that their "post-up" go-to guy wasn't all that great when it came to crunch time and he (Malone) resorted to the jump shot which really hurt his team when he went on droughts. The only times he would use that strength and attack the basket was off a Stockton pick and roll.
Kings were awesome but just weren't athletic enough which is why the ball always seemed to not bounce in their favor. They also didn't have the "clutch" player as Peja and Webber weren't critical game situation guys.
SEA had that old age problem of the PG being the teams leading scorer and responsible for setting the offense. That's a weakness because all you do is what CHI did which is put a lengthy defender on him which is also what was done to Derrek Rose.