Finals marked by offensive futilty

If the NBA Finals had ended last night, the four-game series may have been the worst ever in league history.

Updated: June 12, 2003, 11:23 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
If the NBA Finals had ended last night, with 114 missed shots, 27 turnovers, 5 technical fouls and 45-34 halftime score, the four-game series could very well have been the worst ever in league history.

But, thank goodness for center Jason Collins, the series is simply tied, 2-2, despite his inability to make a single basket in two games and not even taking one in last night's win for New Jersey.

For the record, Baltimore shot 38.4 percent in the 1971 Finals for the record-low in a four-game Finals series while New Jersey has staggered to 38.0% in the first four games of this series.

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