BRIDESMAID REVISTED: c. The Lakers lost the 1983 Finals to the 76ers then were beaten by the Celtics the following year. The last team to lose in the Finals in consecutive years was the Jazz, who lost to the Bulls in both 1997 and '98.
NO SHOW: Before making it to his first Finals with the Spurs this year, Kevin Willis had scored 16,990 points in 18 NBA seasons. Dominique Wilkins, in 8th place on the careen scoring list with 26,668 points, is the alltime leader among those who never reached the Finals.
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP: 1.a (1979); 2. b (1995); 3. c (1989); 4. c (1981)
CALL TO ORDER: West (1,679 points); Jordan (1,176 points); Havlicek (1,020 points); Johnson (971 points)