Monday, May 30, 2016

Warriors looking to accomplish something only the Celtics have done before

Tonight Golden State hosts Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, having evened the series after once trailing the Thunder 3-1.  Should the Warriors win, they'll look to capture their second straight NBA title against the Cavaliers.  Only one franchise in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the semifinal round of the playoffs and won the championship--the Celtics, who've done it twice:

The 1968 Celtics, with a starting five of Bill Russell, Bailey Howell, John Havlicek, Sam Jones and Larry Siegfried were down 3-1 to the 76ers in the East Finals before winning in seven games.  They then defeated the Lakers 4-2 to capture the title.

In 1981, Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Chris Ford, Tiny Archibald, Cedric Maxwell and a rookie Kevin McHale also fell behind the Sixers 3-1 in the Conference Finals before rallying and taking a one-point victory (91-90) in Game 7.

That Boston squad won the championship in six games as well, knocking off the Rockets.

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