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NBA Playoffs: 2-0 Deficit

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Going into Thursday's games Chicago, Milwaukee, Sacramento, Denver, and Memphis are all pretty much on the verge of elimination. Now they can still lose a game and not be eliminated but they'll have to pull off something that has only been done 11 times since 1984 when the NBA Playoffs expanded to 16 teams and that's comeback from 2 games to 0 to win a series. I need an excuse for an entry so here's a look back at those 11 series.

 

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1987 Western Conference First Round

 

#5 Golden State over #4 Utah, 3 games to 2

 

Game 1: Jazz 99, Warriors 85

Game 2: Jazz 103, Warriors 100

Game 3: Warriors 110, Jazz 95

Game 4: Warriors 98, Jazz 94

Game 5: Warriors 118, Jazz 113

 

You'd think as a Warriors fan I'd remember this series fondly but I have no memories of it because as a kid I was a bandwagon Lakers fan. The only thing I remember about the Warriors in the '87 playoffs was Sleepy Floyd's 51 point game against the Lakers in the West Semis, the Warriors only win in that series.

 

1990 Eastern Conference First Round

 

#5 New York over #4 Boston, 3 games to 2

 

Game 1: Celtics 116, Knicks 105

Game 2: Celtics 157, Knicks 128

Game 3: Knicks 102, Celtics 99

Game 4: Knicks 135, Celtics 108

Game 5: Knicks 121, Celtics 114

 

I'd guess that no one thought the Knicks had a prayer after giving up 157 points in Game 2. Most impressive about the Knicks comeback was by beating Boston in the Game 5 they ended a personal 26 game losing streak at the Boston Garden.

 

1993 Western Conference First Round

 

#1 Phoenix over #8 L.A. Lakers, 3 games to 2

 

Game 1: Lakers 107, Suns 103

Game 2: Lakers 86, Suns 81

Game 3: Suns 107, Lakers 102

Game 4: Suns 101, Lakers 86

Game 5: Suns 112, Lakers 104

 

Forgot about this series as the Lakers nearly swept the heavily favored Suns. Very controversial call in Game 5 on a Charles Barkley put back on an air ball where it appeared the shot clock may have expired that forced the game into overtime.

 

1993 Eastern Conference Finals

 

#2 Chicago over #1 New York, 4 games to 2

 

Game 1: Knicks 98, Bulls 90

Game 2: Knicks 96, Bulls 91

Game 3: Bulls 103, Knicks 83

Game 4: Bulls 105, Knicks 95

Game 5: Bulls 97, Knicks 94

Game 6: Bulls 96, Knicks 88

 

Kincks seemed to determined to end the Bulls dynasty by taking the first two games but it was not meant to be in this the biggest series to have a 2-0 defecit erased.

 

1994 Western Conference First Round

 

#8 Denver over #1 Seattle, 3 games to 2

 

Game 1: Sonics 106, Nuggets 82

Game 2: Sonics 97, Nuggets 87

Game 3: Nuggets 110, Sonics 93

Game 4: Nuggets 94, Sonics 85

Game 5: Nuggets 98, Sonics 94

 

The first eight seend to ever beat a one seed in the arguably the biggest upset in NBA Playoff history. I just seem to remember Robert Pack playing out of his mind in that series.

 

1994 Western Conference Semi-Finals

 

#2 Houston over #3 Phoenix, 4 games to 3

 

Game 1: Suns 91, Rockets 87

Game 2: Suns 124, Rockets 117

Game 3: Rockets 118, Suns 102

Game 4: Rockets 107, Suns 96

Game 5: Rockets 109, Suns 86

Game 6: Suns 103, Rockets 89

Game 7: Rockets 104, Suns 94

 

Rockets were left for dead after losing the first two games at home against the defending West Champs.

 

1995 Western Conference Semi-Finals

 

#6 Houston over #2 Phoenix, 4 games to 3

 

Game 1: Suns 103, Rockets 108

Game 2: Suns 118, Rockets 94

Game 3: Rockets 118, Suns 85

Game 4: Suns 114, Rockets 110

Game 5: Rockets 103, Suns 97

Game 6: Rockets 116, Suns 113

Game 7: Rockets 115, Suns 114

 

If you were a Suns fan circa 1995 you must have wanted to murder the entire Rockets team. This year's loss was even worse as they blew a 3-1 lead.

 

2001 Western Conference First Round

 

#5 Dallas over #4 Utah, 3 games to 2

 

Game 1: Jazz 88, Mavericks 86

Game 2: Jazz 109, Mavericks 98

Game 3: Mavericks 94, Jazz 91

Game 4: Mavericks 107, Jazz 77

Game 5: Mavericks 84, Jazz 83

 

Mavs came back from 17 points down in Game 5 and won an a Calvin Booth lay up in the final seconds.

 

2004 Western Conference Semi-Finals

 

#2 L.A. Lakers over #3 San Antonio, 4 games to 2

 

Game 1: Spurs 88, Lakers 78

Game 2: Spurs 95, Lakers 85

Game 3: Lakers 105, Spurs 81

Game 4: Lakers 98, Spurs 90

Game 5: Lakers 74, Spurs 73

Game 6: Lakers 88, Spurs 76

 

Everyone remembers the Derek Fisher basket in Game 5 in that awful, awful game.

 

2005 Eastern Conference First Round

 

#5 Washington over #4 Chicago, 4 games to 2

 

Game 1: Bulls 103, Wizards 94

Game 2: Bulls 113, Wizards 103

Game 3: Wizards 117, Bulls 99

Game 4: Wizards 106, Bulls 99

Game 5: Wizards 112, Bulls 110

Game 6: Wizards 94, Bulls 91

 

Signature moment was of course Gilbert Arenas' buzzer beater in Game 5.

 

2005 Western Conference First round

 

#4 Dallas over #5 Houston, 4 games to 3

 

Game 1: Rockets 98, Mavericks 96

Game 2: Rockets 113, Mavericks 111

Game 3: Mavericks 106, Rockets 102

Game 4: Mavericks 97, Rockets 93

Game 5: Mavericks 103, Rockets 100

Game 6: Rockets 101, Mavericks 83

Game 7: Mavericks 116, Rockets 76

 

The first five games were awesome, the last two not so much.

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Oh, man. My friend who had that party I talked about was a HUGE Suns fan, and he was near suicidal when the Suns were down 0-2 to the Lakers.

 

Also, the #8 Nuggets took the Jazz to seven games in the next round, if memory serves.

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