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Friday, May 18, 2012
Odds and ends: 2-1 stranglehold?

By Chris Forsberg

A few last-minute stats that emphasize the power position that the Boston Celtics are in up 2-1 entering Friday's Game 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers (stats courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info):

* Including the first round of this postseason, team who’ve led 2-1 in a best-of-seven has gone on to win the series 82.4 percent (271-58) of the time in NBA history. Teams leading 2-1 went 5-0 in the first round this postseason.

* When Philadelphia has trailed a best-of-seven series 2-1, it has gone on to lose the series 90 percent (2-18) of the time in its franchise history. The last time the 76ers won a postseason series after trailing 2-1 was in the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bucks (they won that series 4-3).

* Here's another 2-1 nugget from Elias Sports Bureau: Boston has won 39 of the 42 best-of-seven series in which they have held a 2-1 lead in their franchise history. That 92.9 percent success rate is the highest for any NBA franchise that has been in this situation at least eight times. The only teams to come back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Celtics in a best-of-seven series were the Pistons in the 1991 conference semifinals, the Cavaliers in the 1992 conference semifinals, and the Nets in the 2002 conference finals.

* And just a general note on the series from Elias: This is the 19th time that the Celtics and 76ers have met in a playoff series (Boston won 11 of the previous 18 matchups). That is by far the most playoff series played between any two teams in NBA history (second most: 13 Boston vs. New York).