Taking a look back at Reggie Miller's playoff Kryptonite

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Surely you're familiar with Reggie Miller's playoff legacy -- and the infinite torture he placed upon the New York Knicks fanbase.



Jordan made a career out of tormenting Eastern Conference hopefuls, consistently blocking their way to the NBA Finals throughout the 1990s. Most infamously pertaining to Miller and the Indiana Pacers: the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals.

It was a heavyweight bout that dragged on for the full seven games, and Miller enjoyed his share of heroics. But -- as per usual -- Chicago pulled it out in the decisive contest. The Pacers got bounced in the Conference Finals to the Knicks the year after, and lost the NBA Finals in 2000, leaving Miller ringless through the rest of his storied career.

"I see that logo and I see that man," Miller said to Jordan-wearing host Yannis Pappas at 2 Point Lead headquarters earlier this season, "It brings back haunting memories." Check the video above for the complete interview, in which Miller asserts that the two haven't become friend since retirement.

Taking a look at the numbers, Miller's reluctance to warm up to No. 23 certainly isn't unwarranted.




Jordan's dominance coming against the best Pacers team of Miller's prime made it all the more painful.

The two teams face off tonight at 8 p.m. ET in the United Center, in the latest installment of the divisional rivalry. While the season is still young, it's never too early to consider playoff implications, and both teams surely have the postseason in their long-term sights.

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Taking a look back at Reggie Miller's playoff Kryptonite
INDIANAPOLIS - 1987: Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers drives to the basket for a layup against the Philadelphia 76ers at Market Square Arena in 1987 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Frank McGrath/NBAE/Getty Images)
BOSTON - 1989: Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers looks on against the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1989 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - UNDATED: Indiana Pacers' Reggie Miller #31 jumps through the air for a layup against the Washington Bullets during a game at Capital Center circa the 1990's in Washington, D.C.. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
BOSTON - 1991: Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers dunks against Reggie Lewis #35 of the Boston Celtics circa 1991 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1991 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Back row:) Robert Townsend, Reggie Miller, Queen Latifah; (Front row:) Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey Lawrence, Michael Bell, Ian Ziering and Jeff Ament (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 10: Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers passes against the Sacramento Kings on December 10, 1992 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1992 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
LANDOVER,MD - APRIL 19: Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers before a NBA basketball game against the Washington Bullets on April 19, 1994 at USAir Arena in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 28: Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers grabs the rebound against the New York Knicks in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 1994 NBA Playoffs at Market Square Arena on May 28, 1994 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers won 88-68. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1994 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CA - AUGUST 1994: Reggie Miller #10 of the U.S. Mens Basketball Team poses for a picture circa August 1994 at the 1994 FIBA Championships in Toronto, Ontario, CA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1994 NBAE (Photo by NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images)
14 Aug 1994: REGGIE MILLER OF THE USA CELEBRATES AS DREAM TEAM II DEFEATS RUSSIA 137-91 IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL AT THE SKYDOME STADIUM IN TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA.
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 520 -- Pictured: (l-r) NBA player Reggie Miller during an interview with host Jay Leno on August 16, 1994-- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 11: Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller pumps his fist as his team takes the lead during the overtime period against the New York Knicks 11 May at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers won 97-95 in overtime. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JOHN RUTHROFF/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Indiana Pacers Reggie Miller (l.) and Mark Jackson (r.) after defeating the New York Knicks during 1995 NBA playoffs. (Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers shoots against the Sacramento Kings on November 30, 1995 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1995 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - 1996: Reggie Miller #10 of the 1996 United States Mens Olympic Basketball Team poses for a picture with Mikey Mouse circa 1996 in Atlanta, GA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 3: Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller (R) looks for a path to the hoop around Charlotte Hornets guard Pete Myers (L) during the first period of their 03 March game at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. Miller, who scored 31 points, led the Pacers to a 103-100 win over the Hornets. (Photo credit should read JOHN RUTHROFF/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 1: United States Basketball Dream Team members Reggie Miller, left, and Charles Barkley joke at the end of practice at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago 01 July. The squad will be practicing in Chicago through 05 July in preparation for the Olympic Games. (Photo credit should read TIM ZIELENBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 7: Reggie Miller #31 and Larry Bird of the Indiana Pacers laugh during NBA All-Star Practice on February 8, 1998 as part of 1998 NBA All-Star Weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1998 NBAE (Photo by Chuck Solomon/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 23: Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers grabs a rebound against the Chicago Bulls during Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Market Square Arena on May 23, 1998 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1998 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 9: Indiana Pacers forward Reggie Miller (R) heads for the basket as Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Curry (L) defends during first quarter play of the Eastern Conference playoffs 09 May 1999 at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo credit should read ERNEST PETERSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Pacers Reggie Miller runs through the fans after scoring 25 points in the Pacers win over the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Indianapolis on June 16, 2000. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, UNITED STATES: Indianapolis Pacers' Reggie Miller tries to get the crowd going during the first quarter of their Eastern Conference semi-final against the Philadelphia 76ers in Indianapolis 06 May 2000. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Jeff KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 15: Indiana Pacers fan holds a picture of suspeneded guard Reggie Miller behind the bench of the Philadelphia 76ers 15 May, 2000, during the first half of the Eastern Conference semi-finals game five at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Miller and 76er's Matt Geiger had to sit out this game because of a fight in their last game. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read JOHN RUTHROFF/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 2: (L to R) Al Harrington, Austin Croshere, Reggie Miller, and Derrick McKey of the Indiana Pacers celebrate in the locker room following Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2000 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on June 2, 2000 in New York, New York. The Pacers won 93-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - 2001: Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers goes up for a layup during the NBA game against the Orlando Magic at TD Waterhouse Centre in 2001 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty Images)
28 Nov 2001: Portrait of guard Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers during the NBA game against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Pacers defeated the Nuggets 99-85.Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Getty Images
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (8) drives to the basket on Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller (31) during the first quarter in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indiana Pacers' Reggie Miller reacts to a call during the first half against Los Angeles Lakers the at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003. The Lakers won 99-77. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Indiana Pacers' Reggie Miller talks about the new multi-year contract he signed with the Pacers, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, in Indianapolis. Details of the 16-year veteran's contract were not released. (AP Photo/John Harrell)
Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal, left, celebrates with guard Reggie Miller after Miller hit a three-point shot with 31.7 seconds remaining in the game to give the Pacers a 77-74 lead over the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Eastern Conference Championship series in Indianapolis Saturday night May 22, 2004. The Pacers defeated the Pistons, 78-74. (AP Photo/ Darron Cummings )
Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Millers waits to answer a questions during a news conference in Indianapolis., Monday, Nov.22, 2004. Miller, who is on the injured list, received a one game suspension following the brawl with Detroit Pistons Friday night.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indiana Pacers' Reggie Miller goes into the crowd after a loose ball against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first half of Friday Dec. 10, 2004, game in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
Indiana Pacers' Reggie Miller speaks to the media after practice in Auburn Hills, Mich., Tuesday, May 10, 2005. Miller has said this will be his last season, and for the second straight year, he is marveling at how Detroit's Richard Hamilton plays the way he did when he was younger. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 19: Reggie Miller #31 of the Indiana Pacers salutes the cheering fans after he was taken out in the final minute of Game six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2005 NBA Playoffs at Conseco Fieldhouse on May 19, 2005 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Miller played his final NBA game with the Pacers tonight. The Pistons defeated the Pacers 88-79 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller smiles when asked about his career during a press conference following his final game, an 88-79 loss to the Detroit Pistons, in the sixth game of the Eastern Conference semi-final in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 19, 2005. Miller is retiring afer 18 seasons with the same team. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)
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