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Detroit Pistons 2004-05
The Detroit Pistons had just won an NBA title in 2003-04, and they came into '04-05 looking for their second straight. The Pistons came up just one game short when they fell to the Spurs in seven games.
This Pistons team was still great, though. The famous starting lineup of Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace was as good as it had ever been. Unfortunately for the Pistons, the Spurs were just a little better in 2005, or else it could have been back-to-back titles for Detroit.
Oklahoma City Thunder 2011-12
The Thunder became elite in the 2011-12 season. The season was shortened due to the lockout, so the Thunder’s 47 wins were enough for the No. 2 seed in the West.
After running through the first three rounds, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden fell short to LeBron James in the finals.
What made this loss even worse, though, was the trade of James Harden. After the season, the Thunder traded Harden and gave up what could have been a dynasty in the making.
It’s sad we never got to see those three reach their full potential together.