MVPs vs. multiple All-Stars in playoffs
Six times in NBA history has an MVP with no other All-Stars on his team played against a team with at least three All-Stars in that season’s playoffs, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The team with the multiple All-Stars won five of those six series. Hakeem Olajuwon's Rockets were the only team to win, beating the Knicks in the 1994 NBA Finals.
MVP VS. MULTIPLE ALL-STARS IN PLAYOFFS
Six previous times in NBA history has an MVP with no other All-Stars on his team faced off against a team with three-plus All-Stars in that season's playoffs.
|2011 Conf. finals||Derrick Rose, Bulls||Heat||Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade||Bulls lead 1-0|
|2010 Conf semis||LeBron James, Cavs||Celtics||Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo||Boston 4-2|
|2008 NBA Finals||Kobe Bryant, Lakers||Celtics||Ray Allen, Garnett, Pierce||Boston 4-2|
|1994 NBA Finals||Hakeem Olajuwon, Rockets||Knicks||Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, John Starks||Houston 4-3|
|1982 First round||Moses Malone, Rockets||Sonics||Lonnie Shelton, Jack Sikma, Gus Williams||Seattle 2-1|
|1975 Conf semis||Bob McAdoo, Braves||Bullets||Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, Phil Chenier||Washington 4-3|
|1974 NBA Finals||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bucks||Celtics||Dave Cowens, John Havlicek, Jo Jo White||Boston 4-3|
|Source: ESPN Stats & Info|
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