I was doing some research on the history of being down 0-2 in Conference Finals, and came across this article that showed what teams have come back from this type of deficit.
WINNER; LOSER; YEAR; ROUND
Boston; Los Angeles; 1969; NBA Finals
Los Angeles; San Francisco; 1969; Western Division Semifinals
Baltimore; New York; 1971; Eastern Conference Finals
Portland; Philadelphia; 1977; NBA Finals
Chicago; New York; 1993; Eastern Conference Finals
Houston; Phoenix; 1994; Western Conference Semifinals
Houston; Phoenix; 1995; Western Conference Semifinals
Lakers; San Antonio; 2004; Western Conference Semifinals
Dallas; Houston; 2005; Western Conference First Round
Washington; Chicago; 2005; Eastern Conference First Round
Miami; Dallas; 2006; NBA Finals
Utah; Houston; 2007; Western Conference First Round
Cleveland; Detroit; 2007; Eastern Conference Finals
San Antonio; New Orleans; 2008; Western Conference Semifinals
Looking at this, and you can see that it has happened three times in the Conference Finals, so Oklahoma City and Boston can hold out some small hope that they can come back. Personally, I think Boston might be done. With as well as they played yesterday night, and couldn’t get some of the calls to go their way, has to be demoralizing. Like they say, no such thing as a moral victory. For as well as Rajon Rondo played, he couldn’t get that team over the hump as the Heat put the Celtics away late in overtime.
For the Thunder, this is a team that can possibly get some advantage tonight as they play well at home. They’ve not looked up to par to the Spurs though, who honestly look like they’re going to barrel through this and move on to the NBA Finals. I might have to look at what teams have been perfect in the playoffs because right now, that’s how the Spurs look. They are doing some nasty to whoever is in their way of a championship.
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