Only three teams in NBA playoff history have gone on to win a best-of-seven series after losing their first two games at home: the 1968-1969 L.A. Lakers, the 1993-1994 Houston Rockets, and the 2004-2005 Dallas Mavericks. That's it -- that's the list.
The Bulls have been making me miserable lately. And because my brain is weird, I have dreamed up the opening scene to the musical Les Misera-Bulls.
Waiting for the playoffs to get underway, I found an Apple II Oregon Trail simulator online and decided to take to the trail with the New York Knicks. It went about as well as the 2013-14 Knicks season.
The Indiana Pacers have launched a bike share program in Indianapolis.
In another Western Conference slugfest that went down to the wire, Tony Allen was the unsung hero of the evening.
Though difficult to comprehend now, it wasn't long ago that the Miami Heat – with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh wearing red and gold – looked lost offensively. Conventional wisdom before the 2010-2011 season was that Miami would take the league by storm, ushering in new structures of team-building both on and off the floor. Back then, it didn't seem insane when Jeff Van Gundy predicted that this new Big Three would lead the Heat to a record-breaking 73 wins – never before had skilled, smart, uber-athletes of James and Wade's caliber ran opposite wings, and Bosh was an ideal fit alongside them as rangy inside-out scorer.
We need John Wall to do well in the playoffs, because we need more stories of John Wall. Lets make the first one a good one.
The HP crew had a very spirited debate about the purpose, the merits, and the endgame behind the league issuing a statement about the blown call at the end of the Blazers-Rockets first playoff game, as well as the league's statements about other controversial calls.
Recapping all the action from the opening days of the playoffs
The Pacers' offense has been shell of its former self, which was really just a shell of an efficient offense to begin with. But watching George simply walk away from any attempt at system or synergy was maddening. Equally troubling was that no one appeared interested in stopping him.