There will be a sense that the Lakers deserve the injuries to go against them in the finals this season, as that certainly wasn’t the case back in 1989. The Lakers went into the postseason with the league’s best record, having won 63 of their games in the regular season. They continued to dominate in the postseason, as they won eleven games.
However, their chances of success were hampered when Byron Scott pulled his hamstring in Game 1 of the finals series against the Detroit Pistons. That wasn’t the end of their woes, as Johnson would pick up the same injury in the second game. Injuries took their toll, as the Pistons went on to win the series 4-0.
The Lakers wouldn’t win another NBA title until 2000 after this defeat, and they only won the conference title on one other occasion before that, with that Western Conference title coming in 1991. However, the Chicago Bulls would win the 1991 NBA Championship.