Number crunch: Comeback potential?
While being down 3-1 is not the death sentence that 3-0 entails (in the history of the NBA, teams that win the first three games of a best-of-seven series are 99-0 overall), it's still no easy mountain to climb. Only eight teams in NBA history have overcome a 3-1 deficit in 199 tries (.960 winning percentage).
If Boston used its 1969 team as inspiration while trying to rally out of the 0-2 hole it found itself in to start this series, maybe coaches should whip together some clips from the 1968 and 1981 teams. In both those years, Boston rallied back from 3-1 deficits to top the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference finals. And both times the Celtics went on to win the NBA title.
Check out a snapshot of those series below, starting with the 1981 Celtics, who went on to top the Houston Rockets in six games:
Los Angeles Lakers in six games:
If the Celtics are able to win Game 5 Wednesday night in Miami, their chances of winning the series improve only marginally. Teams up 3-2 are still 206-35 (.855 winning percentage) in those series.
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