As the NBA season progresses further and further into the playoffs, the games should get better and better. However, that isn't always the case.
These 10 cases are the premier examples of series in which that did hold true, making them the 10 best conference final matchups in basketball history.
So, what makes a "best matchup"?
Best matchups aren't necessarily the most entertaining or greatest series of all time. They're series in which two of the best teams in the NBA face off against each other in an even, hard-fought battle.
Great individual matchups ensue as do memorable moments and memorable games. They're the battles that you hope for when the regular season ends.
Read on for the 10 best of all time, sorted in chronological order.