15. Getting Past Pistons
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After being eliminated by the Pistons from the three previous postseasons -- including the previous two in the Eastern Conference finals -- Jordan and the Bulls dedicated themselves to getting stronger to deal with the Bad Boys. The work paid off as the Bulls swept Detroit on their way to their first NBA title. The lasting image from the ECF was of Isiah Thomas and other Pistons walking off the court with 7.9 seconds left and not congratulating the Bulls. The snub reportedly figured into Thomas being kept off the 1992 Olympic Dream Team.