Ranking the 50 greatest playoff runs

Originally Published: June 15, 2012
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

It's one thing to be a great team. It's another to have a great playoff run.

The two aren't necessarily the same thing. Take the 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers, for instance. They were by no means a great team during the course of that regular season, finishing with the second-best record in the Western Conference (56-26) while Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal began the squabbling that ultimately would undermine them a few years later.

But their playoff run, in which they won 15 ...

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