1949 BAA playoffs

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1949 BAA Playoffs
Dates March 22–April 13, 1949
Season 1948–49
Teams 8
Champions Minneapolis Lakers (1st title)
Runners-up Washington Capitols (1st finals appearance)
Semifinalists

The 1949 BAA Playoffs was the postseason tournament following the Basketball Association of America 1948–49 season, its third and last. (Later that year the BAA and National Basketball League merged to create the National Basketball Association or NBA.) The tournament concluded with the Western Division champion Minneapolis Lakers defeating the Eastern Division champion Washington Capitols 4 games to 2 in the BAA Finals.

The eight qualified teams began tournament play on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 22 and 23, and the Finals concluded on Wednesday, April 13. Minneapolis and Washington played 10 and 11 games in a span of 22 days; their six final games in ten days. Prior to their final series, however, Minneapolis had been idle for five days, Washington for only one day.[1]

Playoff seeds

Eastern Division

  1. Washington Capitols
  2. New York Knicks
  3. Baltimore Bullets
  4. Philadelphia Warriors

Western Division

  1. Rochester Royals
  2. St. Louis Bombers
  3. Minneapolis Lakers
  4. Chicago Stags

Playoff bracket

Division Semifinals Division Finals BAA Finals
                 
1 Rochester 2
4 St. Louis 0
1 Rochester 0
Western Division
2 Minneapolis 2
2 Minneapolis 2
3 Chicago 0
W2 Minneapolis 4
E1 Washington 2
1 Washington 2
4 Philadelphia 0
1 Washington 2
Eastern Division
2 New York 1
2 New York 2
3 Baltimore 1

Division Semifinals

Eastern Division Semifinals

(1) Washington Capitols vs. (4) Philadelphia Warriors

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia (March 23): Washington 92, Philadelphia 70
  • Game 2 @ Washington (March 24): Washington 80, Philadelphia 78

This was the first meeting between the Capitols and Warriors.

(2) New York Knicks vs. (3) Baltimore Bullets

  • Game 1 @ Baltimore (March 23): Baltimore 82, New York 81
  • Game 2 @ New York (March 24): New York 84, Baltimore 74
  • Game 3 @ New York (March 26): New York 103, Baltimore 99 (OT)

Last playoff meeting: 1948 BAA First Round (Baltimore won 2-1)

Western Division Semifinals

(1) Rochester Royals vs. (4) St. Louis Bombers

  • Game 1 @ Rochester (March 22): Rochester 93, St. Louis 64
  • Game 2 @ St. Louis (March 23): Rochester 66, St. Louis 64

This was the first meeting between the Royals and Bombers.

(2) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (3) Chicago Stags

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis (March 23): Minneapolis 84, Chicago 77
  • Game 2 @ Chicago (March 24): Minneapolis 101, Chicago 85

This was the first meeting between the Lakers and Stags.

Division Finals

Eastern Division Finals

(1) Washington Capitols vs. (2) New York Knicks

  • Game 1 @ Washington (March 29): Washington 77, New York 71
  • Game 2 @ New York (March 31): New York 86, Washington 84 (OT)
  • Game 3 @ Washington (April 2): Washington 84, New York 76

This was the first meeting between the Capitols and Knicks.

Western Division Finals

(1) Rochester Royals vs. (2) Minneapolis Lakers

  • Game 1 @ Rochester (March 27): Minneapolis 80, Rochester 79
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis (March 29): Minneapolis 67, Rochester 55

This was the first meeting between the Royals and Lakers.

BAA Finals

(E1) Washington Capitols vs. (W2) Minneapolis Lakers

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis (April 4): Minneapolis 88, Washington 84
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis (April 6): Minneapolis 76, Washington 62
  • Game 3 @ Washington (April 8): Minneapolis 94, Washington 74
  • Game 4 @ Washington (April 9): Washington 83, Minneapolis 71
  • Game 5 @ Washington (April 11): Washington 74, Minneapolis 65
  • Game 6 @ Minneapolis (April 13): Minneapolis 77, Washington 56

This was the first meeting between the Capitols and Lakers.

References

  1. ^ "1948–49 BAA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-03-02.
      Select "Next Season" from the heading for 1949–50, and so on. Select "Finals" from League Playoffs for the daily schedule of the final series, and so on.

External links

  • 1949 Playoff Results at NBA.com
  • 1949 BAA Playoffs at Basketball-Reference.com
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