Blazers vs. Nuggets 2019
This series was a coming out party for both teams, as they proved themselves despite most people doubting that they could compete in the West. Players like Jokic, Murray, Lillard and Mccollum absolutely showed out and put the league on notice once again. CJ’s game 7 performance was incredible, and a defining moment in his career. Game 3 was wild, with 4OT’s and tons of unlikely heroes stepping up in big moments. Every game was a battle, and either team could have won each of the 7 games. For me, this series was an instant classic, between two surprising teams who went to war for 7 games.
Clippers vs. Spurs 2015
This was a star studded series, with CP3 and Blake at the peak of their dominance, and the experienced Spurs core with Kawhi emerging as a superstar. This series was back and forth the whole way, as both teams tried to take control. However, this will always be remembered for the heroics of Chris Paul in game 7. On an injured hamstring, hobbling up and down the court, he dropped 27 points, tons of clutch shots, and the eventual game winner over two defenders. For a guy who has been ridiculed for playoff performances, this is as clutch and as impressive as it gets.
Bulls vs. Cavaliers 2015
The Bulls were past their ‘peak’ at this point, as Rose was no longer an MVP candidate, but this was a very even, hard fought series. Both teams had stacked rosters, with James, Love and Irving battling it out with Rose and Butler. This series is memorable for the back to back game winners by Rose and Lebron in game 3 and 4, as the series seemingly shifted completely twice in as many nights. It seemed evident that whoever won this series would be able to make the NBA finals, making it all the more exciting.
Raptors vs. Heat 2016
A moment in Raptors history, this series was an instant classic. From Lowry’s game 1 halfcourt heave, to the incredible celebrations after game 7. The Raps made their first ever conference finals, and actually gave the Cavs a decent run for their money in this series. This will also be remembered as the emergence of Bismack Biyombo, who came in for the injured Jonas Valanciunas and flat out dominated in the paint. With monster dunks and game changing blocks, he was the x-factor that allowed the Raptors to escape some playoff demons this season.