What is Finals: Definition and 38 Discussions

The NBA Finals is the annual championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Eastern and Western conference champions play a best-of-seven game series to determine the league champion. The team that wins the series is awarded the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, which replaced the Walter A. Brown Trophy in 1983.
The series was initially known as the BAA Finals prior to the 1949–50 season when the Basketball Association of America (BAA) merged with the National Basketball League (NBL) to form the NBA. The competition oversaw further name changes to NBA World Championship Series from 1950 to 1985, as well as a brief stint as the Showdown, before settling on NBA Finals in 1986. Since 2018, it has been officially known as the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV for sponsorship reasons.The NBA Finals was initially structured in a 2–2–1–1–1 format. In 1985, to ease the amount of cross-country travel, it was changed to a 2–3–2 format, where the first two and last two games of the series were played at the arena of the team who earned home-court advantage by having the better record during the regular season. In 2014, the 2–2–1–1–1 format was restored. This team hosts the first two games and the other team hosts the next two games. If needed, the remaining three are played at each team's home arena alternately.A total of 19 franchises have won the NBA Finals, with the Los Angeles Lakers winning in 2020. The Lakers and the Boston Celtics hold the record for the most victories, having both won the competition 17 times. The Boston Celtics also won the most consecutive titles, winning eight in a row from 1959 to 1966. The Los Angeles Lakers have contested the NBA Finals the most times, with 32 appearances. The Eastern Conference has provided the most champions, with 38 wins from 10 franchises; the Western Conference has 34, from 9 franchises.

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    Engineering Finals Study Time A Two Source Circuit w/Inductor, Cap, and Resistor

    Homework Statement Homework Equations Z = √(XC2 + XL2) XL = 2πƒL XC = 1 / 2πƒC I = V/Z The Attempt at a Solution First off, thank you for all of the help this semester. I'm sure you'll be seeing questions from me in the spring also. Here is how I'm thinking about this problem: 1. Using the...
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    MHB MacLaurin/Taylor/Convergence Finals Help :(

    1. Find 2nd degree maclaurin polynomial that approximates f(x)=sec(x) 2. Find 3rd degree Taylor polynomial that approximates f(x)=(2/x) at c=1 3. Find radius of convergence of power series n=0 to infinity: ((2n)!*x^(2n))/(n!) 4. Find interval of convergence of power series n=1 to infinity...
  3. StrangeCharm

    Good Luck on Finals - Encouragement for Students

    I took my EM final today and am feeling pretty good about it! Now I just have to take my multivariable final... Anyway, good luck fellow students =D
  4. StrangeCharm

    Will I Survive My Finals? Good Luck to All!

    It's the end of the semester, so good luck to everyone on their finals! May the Force be with you ;-P
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    Schools Is it too late to get into a top grad school with a low GPA?

    Alright so I know that I am thinking far into the future here but I think it is necessary. I am a freshman in college and I am a physics major but my grades are poor. My first semester I got 2 C's(physics and math) because I did not study a lot. This semester I'm doing better, I'll get an A in...
  6. icecubebeast

    How to study for physics finals?

    I have physics finals coming up and I need to study well. Do you have any recommendations while studying?
  7. eseefreak

    Discrete math study strategy - Tips and advice

    Hi everyone, I haven't been successful in Discrete Math this semester. I have finished all of the calculus I-III series and I did very well. I want to know if anyone can give me some tips on how to study for my final coming up in a few days. Now, I understand that is a vague question but I am...
  8. J

    Determining Compound Dipole Moment for Finals

    Can someone explain how to determine if a compound has a dipole moment and how to determine how big or small it is (possibly numerical value)? I have a final tomorrow and I've looked this up on multiple website and cannot find any good explanation.
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    Need some help with some various integrals (studying for finals)

    < Mentor Note -- thread moved from General Math to the Homework Help forums >Hi all, Calc II finals is 4-5 weeks away...We're on Taylor Series right now, but I wanted to get started early on studying for the final. I have a few questions that are confusing me that I took from a final exam I saw...
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    How much should you tip a professor after finals?

    Do you base it on difficulty of the class or a percentage of the actual class cost? Typically I do 15% of the course registration fee, but I would like to know what's the acceptable standard. edit: here's a useful link: http://www.indiana.edu/~kruschke/lab/tipping.html Provides...
  11. J

    Practice Finals Multiple Choice

    I'm looking for some really good an thorough multiple choice practice finals for my Electricity and Magnetism class. anyone have any recommendations? My goal is to get an A on this final and that is going to be very difficult so i need some really good practice. thank you for you help.
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    Currently studying for finals, with torque

    Homework Statement A ball of mass m and radius r (Icm = 2mr^2 /5) is released from rest, and rolls without slipping down a ramp. (a) Draw a free body force diagram for the ball. [Hint: careful—there has to be friction. (Why?) Further, it is static friction, and not kinetic friction...
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    How to Ace College Finals: Strategies for Understanding Your Subjects

    I've been a pretty good student all my life, been in honors classes, AP classes and what not, gotten A's and B's without putting much effort in. I'd read over something once and remember enough of it to get by, but now that I'm in college I'm starting to realize it isn't quite enough anymore. So...
  14. rhody

    At GMU Law, puppies ease the stress of law school finals

    This story is right in so many ways I can't stand it. Reducing stress before an exam has been proven to help students, focus and concentrate, resulting in better grades. Using puppies to do so is a stroke of genius, IMHO. What a cute bunch... Rhody... :biggrin: o:)
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    Will the Heat Overcome the Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals?

    I imagine there are at least a few other people watching this, here. No poll because predictions seem pointless without context, but who do you think wins (and why)? It really pains me to say it (I've been a Mavericks fan since Finley-Nash-Nowitzki), but I think the Heat will win. Here are my...
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    I got me finals tomorrow. Proving the divergence of the Harmonic Series

    Homework Statement My professor warned us that a few proofs will be on the finals. This could be one of them. However, we did a proof in class where he listed out a bunch of terms and then did an inequality to say it is divergent. I personally hated that long proof. I don't want to...
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    Why Does Multiplying Pressure by \(10^5\) Help in Calculating Depth?

    Homework Statement PART B Homework Equations P = \rho gh The Attempt at a Solution Well I tried doing 412 = (1025)(9.8)h.. Divide by 10045 (9.8 x 1025). And ended up getting .041.. I found out that I need to use 412 x 105 for the pressure which I have no idea why. Any help...
  18. K

    Possible Answer to ECE Finals Questions

    I just took my final exam in Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering. I could go on describing how horrible/well it went, but a certain question has caused major disagreement. We had to solve Io (the current leaving the Op Amp) and Vo (the voltage at the output of the op amp)...
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    Studying Studying for Math and Physics Finals

    Hello, How much time do you average per course (Math and Physics) for your final exams? Let's say you have 8 consecutive days with nothing else to do than study(However, you could decide to do whatever you want, leisure, work, socializing...), how would you organize your time? Thanks for...
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    Study Tips for Finals: Alone or With Classmates?

    Can anyone share some good methods to study for the finals(college). Do you think it is better to study alone or with classmates? any tips of memorizing things?
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    Stanley Cup Finals: Pens vs Red Wings - Who Wins?

    In light of the recent UEFA and NBA Finals threads, I thought I'd create a thread on the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals of the NHL (National Hockey League)! This is the championship series of the NHL, having spent the last month and a half...
  22. J

    Did the Celtics win the 2008 NBA Finals in Game 7 against the Lakers?

    Game 4 Lakers 93 Celtics 86 Game 5 Lakers 86 Celtics 90 Game 6 Lakers 102 Celtics 95 Game 7 Lakers 97 Celtics 104 Yes, I am wearing a tin foil hat. Jordan Joab.
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    How Do You Calculate Chase Time and Distance in Physics Problems?

    hey i have finals tomoro and i have to make a poster out of this problem .. but i can even do this problem ..i v tried it tho. QUESTION... A police officer is sitting at the side of the road on a motorbike with the engine running, monitoring motorist's speeds with a speed gun. The...
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    Conquer Your Chem Finals: Effective Study Strategies for Comprehensive Exams

    I have a final coming soon in Chemistry, and it is going to be comprehensive. I am really nervous about it, and I am not sure of a good study strategy. I know I can't read the entire book in a week, so I was hoping someone might have a good study plan for a comprehensive exam. Thanks in advance
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    Has anyone ever received good marks on their finals after cramming?

    just out of curiosity, has anyone ever received good marks on their final exams by cramming all the material you learned for the class for two days? I crammed once for a calculus class, and its no walk in the park I tell ya.
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    Suggestions on how to study for physic finals

    Hi everybody. My physics final is right around the corner and i was just wondering if there was any good way to help prepare and study. Physics isn't the easiet subjects for me, i tend to over think problems and get myself all nervous. Please let me know if there are any problem solving...
  27. W

    Crippling Anxiety Over Finals: Calc-Physics

    Ok so finals are over for me. I know I got an A in macro-econ, A in Calulus, and an A in Chem II. There is just one class I am worried about, calc-physics. I always did my homework, got a B on the first test, and an A on the second exam. The problem was I think I choked on the final. I have...
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    Finding Physics "B" Quizzes/Tests w/ Solutions & Tips for Finals

    Physics "B" Kinematics, Dynamics, Rotational Motion, E/W,Torque Test-- Where to find? I'm looking for a Physics "B" Kinematics, Dynamics, Rotational Motion, E/W,Torque Quiz or Test that includes solutions and/or answers. Where is the Quiz section on PF?? I took a quiz a while ago and I can't...
  29. Math Is Hard

    What are some unique ways to de-stress during finals week?

    As a new transfer student, I'm not up on all the traditions, so I did not go running through Westwood in my undies last night: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-ex-undie14dec15,0,6116670.story?coll=la-home-headlines what are/were your school traditions for blowing off steam during finals...
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    Special Relativity and Thermal Physics finals

    Well, here I go, six hours of finals starting right now. Special Relativity and Thermal Physics.
  31. Cyrus

    Tales of Two Finals: A Frustrating Story

    I had two finals today, Geography and Mechanics of Materials. I knew before hand that I had a 90% in geography, which means I need nothing less than a 90% to keep my grade. I studied for that more than my materials class. I knew...ehhhhhhhhh...more or less 70% of it. The remaining 20% fairly...
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    Grades for finals come out today at 8pm

    Whooohoooo! I can hardly wait. I was shooting for all A's...but yeah...History held me back! Oh well...I shall soon see the final result of all those sleepless nights that I spent studying...
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    Swedish programming olympics finals 2005

    Hello I've recently qualified for the finals of the Swedish programming olympics. Last year I finished 6th in Sweden with 4th being enough to qualify for the world championships and I'd like to improve my skills before the contest next week. Therefore I'm trying to finish earlier contests'...
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    Efficiency of Pulley System for Finals | Help Needed!

    HELP for finals PLEASE! Can someone please quickly tell me how to determine the efficiency of this stupid pulley? I'm so lost :confused: at how to do it and finals are next week. Our set of books for our Principles of Technology class have to stay in the room and my teacher is grading the...
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    Schools Prepare for Upperlevel College Physics Finals

    What is the best way to prepare for upperlevel undergraduate physics finals?
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    Calculus Finals Review: Seeking Tutoring/Help

    Ok, so I have my Calculus Finals this coming Thursday, and I hope I receive some "tutoring" or review. The teacher sent out a review sheet via email, and I mirrored it [PLAIN]www.hodeez.com/max3_finals.doc[/URL] Just need a little/some help on 1,4,6,7,10 and the long problem. Of course I...
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    Advanced Algebra II/Trig finals Friday

    I have Advanced Algebra II/Trig finals Friday and I'm cramming(sue me :P). How does half-life work?
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    Surviving Finals Week: My Experience with Physics and Organic Chem

    How are finals going for everyone. Me, just made an "A" in physics, but have 4 more finals to go, including organic chem. No sleep for me. Nautica