The Baltimore Bullets' weird season
With the 2010 NBA playoffs in full swing, here's a look back at the 1971-72 Baltimore Bullets and the strange season they had. In spite of a losing record (38-44), Coach Gene Shue's club won the NBA Central Division before falling to the New York Knicks, 4 games to 2, in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Here, in a matchup between the two teams, the Bullets' Archie Clark (center) is fouled by the Knicks' Jerry Lucas, who looks like he's giving an eye exam. Clark led Baltimore in scoring that season (25 points per game) after the Bullets dealt disgruntled star guard Earl Monroe (left, above) to New York earlier that year.