"We're Number 2": NHL and NBA Finalists

"We're Number 2": NHL and NBA Finalists

There's an old saying that goes, "Nobody ever remembers who came in 2nd place." Well, let's find out if that is true. This quiz is about NHL and NBA teams that lost in the finals.

What team made it to the finals but lost in their first NHL season?

In the 2 years Michael Jordan retired in the mid 90s, Houston won the NBA title twice. Who did they beat?

In the 1980s, the Celtics won 3 titles. Which team did they defeat twice in the finals?

What team did Golden State defeat in the 2022 NBA finals?

What NHL Head Coach lost 2 Stanley Cup finals with different teams in 2010 and 2017?

When Michael Jordan lead the Bulls to 3 consecutive titles in 1996 to 1998, which team did they beat twice?

What NHL team did St. Louis defeat to win the 2019 Stanley Cup?

When Lebron James played for Miami, they won 2 titles. They beat San Antonio and what other team in the finals?

Which of the following teams did NOT lose an NBA finals to a Phil Jackson coached Laker team?

The last time Toronto won the Stanley Cup was in 1967. What team did they beat?

What team was defeated by the L.A. Lakers in the 2020 NBA finals?

What former Montreal Canadians player was the losing coach when Pittsburgh beat Minnesota in the 91 finals?

What NBA team has lost in the finals the most times?

Golden State played Cleveland 4 straight years in the finals. In what year did Golden State lose?

What 2 teams did Pittsburgh beat winning back to back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017?

What team was defeated by the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 finals?

In 2012 and 2014, the L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup. What 2 teams did they beat?

When Michael Jordan lead the Bulls to 3 consecutive titles in 1991 to 1993, which team did they NOT beat in the finals?

In the 1980s, the Lakers won 5 titles. Which 2 teams did they defeat twice in the finals?

What NHL Head Coach lost 2 Stanley Cup finals with different teams in 2012 and 2016?

What NHL Head Coach lost 2 Stanley Cup finals with different teams in 2011 and 2014?

What team did Milwaukee beat in the 2021 NBA finals?

In the 1990finals, Boston lost to Edmonton. What former Bruins player was their coach?

When the N.Y. Islanders won 4 straight Cups in the early 80s, which team did they NOT beat in the finals?

What NHL team lost in the Stanley Cup finals to Tampa Bay in 2020?

In 2013 and 2015, Chicago won the Stanley Cup. What 2 teams did they beat?

What coach was 0-12 coaching the St. Louis Blues in the NHL finals from 1968 to 1970?

What NHL team lost in the Stanley Cup finals to Tampa Bay in 2021?

When the Edmonton Oilers won 4 Cups in 5 years in the mid/late 80s, which team did they NOT beat in the finals?

In the 1988 finals, Boston lost to Edmonton. What former Bruins player was their coach?

"We're Number 2": NHL and NBA Finalists

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Dave Morrissey

Dave is an accomplished economics instructor with over two decades of experience in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program. His students have consistently ranked in the top 10% annually, and one year they achieved the highest overall class average in the world. This outstanding achievement led a UK publisher to request that he write a textbook, an offer he declined in favor of creating sports quizzes, which he found more engaging.

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A die-hard fan of the Las Vegas Raiders, Dave has experienced his share of sports heartache, having seen them play in seven NFL cities with six losses. His all-time favorite athlete is Don Mattingly, reflecting his deep love for sports that spans many arenas.