The 1954 NBA Playoffs
was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association
's 1953-1954 season
. The tournament concluded with the Western Conference
champion Minneapolis Lakers
defeating the Eastern Conference
champion Syracuse Nationals
, four games to three in the NBA Finals
For the Lakers it was their third consecutive NBA championship, and fifth in the last six years.
With the folding of the Indianapolis Olympians
after the previous year's playoffs, leaving the NBA with nine teams, they resorted to a round-robin
playoff format in 1954 for the only time in the league's history.
Although the Minneapolis Lakers, Fort Wayne Pistons, Rochester Royals and Syracuse Nationals all play in different cities now (Los Angeles, Detroit, Sacramento and Philadelphia respectively), this was the first NBA playoff in which every team that participated still exists today.
The top 3 teams in each Division played a double round-robin in the Semifinals. The top 2 teams in the round-robin advanced to the Division Finals (shaded). The 2nd game between Minneapolis and Rochester (the final game to be played in the group) was cancelled because it would not affect seeding.Western DivisionEastern Division
Postseason appearance streaks (including 1954 NBA Playoffs)
- Boston - 4th consecutive playoff season
- Ft. Wayne - 5th consecutive playoff season
- Minneapolis - 6th consecutive playoff season
- New York - 8th consecutive playoff season
- Rochester -......