A Downright Weird Stat About Teams That Have Choked Away Huge Leads In The NBA Playoffs

Interesting tidbit in the aftermath of Clippers’ big comeback win over the Grizzlies in Memphis last night from ESPN’s Royce Webb:

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Photo: @RoyceWebb

Those teams:

  • Last year’s Mavericks collapsed in Game 4 of their first-round series against the Blazers, and went on to win the title.
  • The 2002 Nets collapsed in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics, and lost in the Finals.
  • The 1994 Rockets collapsed in Game 2 of their second-round series against the Suns, and won the Finals.

Conclusion: Memphis is definitely going to win it all!!! … OK maybe not. But the point is that one wacky playoff game doesn’t affect a team as much as we’d think.

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