Can Rockets, Celtics make history?
Updated: May 2, 2013, 3:35 PM ETBy Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
Are we about to watch history? You've probably heard by now that no NBA team has ever come back to win a series after trailing 3-0 in the postseason in 103 tries. But that statement might not hold true this time next week, as the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics both have reversed momentum in their respective series, forcing a Game 6 on their home floors with huge wins Wednesday night. No team has ever come back, but has any team ever come this close? Yes. Our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau inform us that, entering this postseason, 10 teams in NBA history had pushed a series to Game 6 after falling behind 3-0 in a best-of-seven series. The bad news: Only three reached a Game 7, and all 10 ended up losing the series outright. Six of those teams enjoyed home court in Game 6, just as the Rockets and the Celtics do.
Rockets shooting guard Carlos Delfino and Thunder shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha have been here before. After facing a 3-0 deficit against the Detroit Pistons (Delfino's then-team) in the 2007 Eastern Conference semifinals, the Chicago Bulls (Sefolosha's then-team) rallied back with two double-digit wins to force a Game 6. But momentum is a fickle thing. Despite winning the prior two games by a total of 31 points and having the home court in Game 6, the Bulls lost by 10 in front of their fans.
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