TODAY’S SPORTSTAT — Fans of the Hornets, Pelicans and Clippers know the meaning of drought

By JERRY TAPP

Were you wondering when the last year your favorite NBA team went on to play in a conference finals or the last time they played in the NBA Finals? Well, wonder no more.

Following is a by-team look at the last year they played in the conference finals and the last year they played in the NBA Finals. Three current franchises, Charlotte, the L.A. Clippers and New Orleans, have never played in a conference final; seven current franchises, Charlotte, Denver, the L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Minnesota, New Orleans and Toronto, have never played in an NBA Finals.

Team                   Last Conf. Finals       Last NBA Finals

Atlanta                       2015                              1961
Boston                       2017                               2010
Brooklyn                    2003                             2003
Charlotte                   (Never)                         (Never)
Chicago                     2011                               1998
Cleveland                  2017                             2017
Dallas                        2011                               2011
Denver                      2009                               (Never)
Detroit                     2008                               2005
Golden State           2017                               2017
Houston                  2015                               1995
Indiana                    2014                               2000
L.A. Clippers          (Never)                          (Never)
L.A. Lakers              2010                               2010
Memphis                 2013                               (Never)
Miami                      2014                               2014
Milwaukee              2001                               1974
Minnesota               2004                              (Never)
New Orleans           (Never)                          (Never)
New York                 2000                               1999
Oklahoma City        2016                               2012
Orlando                    2010                               2009
Philadelphia            2001                               2001
Phoenix                   2010                               1993
Portland                  2000                               1992
Sacramento            2002                               1951
San Antonio           2017                               2014
Toronto                   2016                              (Never)
Utah                         2007                               1998
Washington            1979                               1979

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