I’m back with our daily look at the Buckets Over Broadway New York Knicks Tournament, as we look at the final first-round matchup in the East Region, featuring the No. 4 seed 1984 team against the No. 5 seed 1971 squad.
The winner joins the 1973, 1995 and yesterday’s winner the 1998 Knicks in the Sweet 16.
That brings us to today’s matchup and just like the other ones, you get to vote and decide the winner, who will go onto play the 1995 team in the second round.
Here’s a look at today’s matchup.
1984 New York Knicks: 47-35 regular season; lost in Eastern Conference Semis
1971 New York Knicks: 52-30 regular season; lost in Eastern Conference Finals
The ’84 team, led by a huge season from Bernard King, finished the season third in the Atlantic Division and the No. 5 seed in the East. They were able to sneak by the Detroit Pistons in five games in the first round of the playoffs, but lost in seven games to the Boston Celtics in the second round.
The ’71 team was trying to win a second consecutive championship and was the No. 1 seed in the east. But after defeating the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, they lost in seven games to the Baltimore Bullets, ending their chances of repeating.
Here’s a look at how they stack up against each other.
Coach- Hubie Brown
C- Bill Cartwright (17.0 PPG, 8.4 RPG)
F- Truck Robinson (10.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG)
F-Bernard King (26.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG)
G- Rory Sparrow (10.4 PPG, 6.8 APG)
G- Ray Williams (14.8 PPG, 5.9 APG)
Bench- Louis Orr, Len Elmore, Trent Tucker, Darrell Walker, Ernie Grunfeld, Rudy Macklin
Coach- Red Holzman
C- Willis Reed (20.9 PPG, 13.7 RPG)
F- Dave DeBusschere (15.6 PPG, 11.1 RPG)
F- Bill Bradley (12.4 PPG)
G-Dick Barnett (15.5 PPG)
G- Walt Frazier (21.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 6.7 APG)
Bench- Phil Jackson, Dave Stallworth, Cazzie Russell, Mike Riordan, Greg Filmore
My Take: This actually wouldn’t be as close of a game as I thought it would be initially. The ’71 team is loaded and while they were only 14th of 17 teams in scoring at 110.1 PPG, they did lead the league in points against, allowing 105.0 per game.
The ’84 team by comparison scored 106.9 points per game and allowed 103.0, which made them a very good defensive team for that era of basketball.
Cartwright and King could potentially play Reed and DeBusschere to a draw if the ’84 team was lucky, but they have no answer for Frazier, who had one of the finest seasons of his career in ’71. He’s the X-factor and a big reason why the ’71 team wins this going away.
Your Vote: Your vote is the one that counts though, so make sure you vote for the winner in the poll on the right hand side of this page. Voting is open until tomorrow afternoon and the winner will advance to the Sweet 16.
Up Next: We head to the Southeast Region as the No. 1 seed 1993 Knicks take on the No. 8 seed 1952 Knicks.
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