The Lost Finals MVP: 1965

Russell tramples Jerry West, obscures Sam Jones

Imagine for a moment being Sam Jones in the 1965 playoffs.

In Game 7 of the 1965 Eastern Division Finals, you scored 37 points in a 110-109 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Then in the NBA Finals, your Boston Celtics crush the Los Angeles Lakers in five games as you average 28 PPG, .470 FG%, and .879 FT% in the series.

And nobody even considers for a second you should be the Finals MVP.

See, when you consider things from that perspective, Bill Russell was kind of an asshole.

What kind of friend shows you up by averaging 17.8 PPG, 25.0 RPG, and 5.8 APG. On 70.2% shooting from the field.

Bill Russell that’s who.

At least Sam Jones got another title in this deal, but the poor Los Angeles Lakers didn’t stand a chance in this series since Elgin Baylor was hurt. Oh sure, Jerry West played his heart out, but he was just delaying the inevitable… and not by very much…

The Celtics’ average margin of victory was 21 points in this series. Coincidentally, the Lakers’ only victory was by 21 points in Game…

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