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1949–50 Syracuse Nationals season

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1949–50 Syracuse Nationals season

Syracuse Nationals season
Eastern Division Champions
Head coach Al Cervi
Arena State Fair Coliseum
Record 51–13
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(eliminated 2–4)

Radio WNDR

The 1949–50 Syracuse Nationals season was the first season for the Nationals in the National Basketball Association. The Nationals had played their three previous seasons in the National Basketball League, which merged with the Basketball Association of America to form the NBA. Al Cervi, nicknamed "Digger" for his superior defensive skills, guided the team with his competitive nature while serving as a player-coach. As the Syracuse Post-Standard describes, "The Nationals shot poorly but succeeded because they played Cervi-style basketball: nasty, with an emphasis on defense."[1] The Nationals went to the NBA Finals after beating the Philadelphia Warriors and New York Knicks, but lost to the Minneapolis Lakers in six games.

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College


Regular season


Game log


East Division Semifinals

East Division Finals

  • Eastern Division: (1) Syracuse Nationals vs. (2) New York Knicks: Nationals win series 2–1
  • Game 1 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 91, New York 83 (OT)
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 80, Syracuse 76
  • Game 3 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 91, New York 80

NBA Semifinals

The Nationals had an NBA Semifinal bye.

NBA Finals

  • (E1) Syracuse Nationals vs. (C1) Minneapolis Lakers: Lakers win series 4–2
  • Game 1 @ Syracuse: Minneapolis 68, Syracuse 66
  • Game 2 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 91, Minneapolis 85
  • Game 3 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 91, Syracuse 77
  • Game 4 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 77, Syracuse 69
  • Game 5 @ Syracuse: Syracuse 83, Minneapolis 76
  • Game 6 @ Minneapolis: Minneapolis 110, Syracuse 95

Awards and records


  1. ^ Al Cervi, Hall of Fame N.B.A. Player-Coach, Dies at 92, New York Times, November 10, 2009.
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