1951–52 Minneapolis Lakers season

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1951–52 Minneapolis Lakers season
Third NBA Championship
Head coach John Kundla
Arena Minneapolis Auditorium
Results
Record 40–26 (.606)
Place Division: 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Radio WLOL
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The 1951–52 NBA season was the franchise's fourth season in the NBA. The NBA widened the foul lane before the 1951–52 season in an attempt to slow down George Mikan. Despite the change, it had little effect on Mikan. He still averaged 23.8 points per game, although he lost the scoring title to Paul Arizin, from the Philadelphia Warriors.[1] The Lakers went into the campaign with essentially the same lineup. Rochester took first place in the Western Division by a game, but the Lakers ousted the Royals in four games in the division finals. The NBA Finals would have the Lakers oppose the New York Knickerbockers.[1] Games 3 and 4 of the Finals were played at the 69th Regiment Armory instead of at Madison Square Garden. This was because the circus was in town. The teams split those games, and Games 5 and 6 as well. Game 7 was dominated by Minneapolis. The Lakers pounded out an 82–65 win, at home, to claim their third NBA crown in their first four seasons.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C George Mikan Lew Hitch
PF Vern Mikkelsen Howie Schultz
SF Jim Pollard
SG Pep Saul Bob Harrison
PG Slater Martin Joe Hutton Whitey Skoog

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Rochester Royals 41 25 .621 - 28-5 12-18 1-2 22-14
x-Minneapolis Lakers 40 26 .606 1 21-5 13-20 6-1 24-12
x-Indianapolis Olympians 34 32 .515 7 25-6 4-24 5-2 18-18
x-Fort Wayne Pistons 29 37 .439 12 22-11 6–24 1-2 17-19
Milwaukee Hawks 17 49 .258 24 8-13 3–22 6-14 9-27


Season Schedule[edit]

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG

Playoffs[edit]

West Division Semifinals[edit]

(2) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (3) Indianapolis Olympians: Lakers win series 2–0

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 78, Indianapolis 70
  • Game 2 @ Indianapolis: Minneapolis 94, Indianapolis 87

West Division Finals[edit]

(1) Rochester Royals vs. (2) Minneapolis Lakers: Lakers win series 3–1

  • Game 1 @ Rochester: Rochester 88, Minneapolis 78
  • Game 2 @ Rochester: Minneapolis 83, Rochester 78 (OT)
  • Game 3 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 77, Rochester 67
  • Game 4 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 82, Rochester 80

NBA Finals[edit]

(W2) Minneapolis Lakers vs. (E3) New York Knicks: Lakers win series 4–3

  • Game 1 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 83, New York 79 (OT)
  • Game 2 @ Minneapolis: New York 80, Minneapolis 72
  • Game 3 @ New York: Minneapolis 82, New York 77
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 90, Minneapolis 89 (OT)
  • Game 5 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 102, New York 89
  • Game 6 @ New York: New York 76, Minneapolis 68
  • Game 7 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 82, New York 65

Awards and honors[edit]

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