Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fun with NBA Finals Numbers

What if I told you that the Miami Heat will make history in the NBA finals win or lose?

Of course, if they win, it would be the first time a team has won a championship after replacing four of its starting five on opening night. After winning game three of this year's NBA finals, the Heat have no choice but to make history.

Since the creation of the current 2-3-2 finals format in 1985, the series has been tied 1-1 eleven times. All eleven times, the winner of game three has won the finals. That team, this year, is the Miami Heat. However, in that same time period, when the series is tied 2-2 as it is now, the winner of game five has gone on to win 19 out of 26 times (73.1%). If Dallas should win game five and go on to win the series (big if, I know), it would be the greatest comeback statistically, ever. Stay tuned to what could be a historically significant moment in NBA history.

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