It’s been a while since Sports List of the Day has hit the presses but the 2016 Golden State Warriors and Western Conference Finals have re-inspired some old writing and statistical passions.
Well, the Warriors just became only the 10th team in NBA postseason history to come back from a 3-1 deficit (and the first ever in the Western Conference Finals, in fact – now how about that). It has happened three times in the Eastern Conference Finals, but still never in the NBA Finals.
And just to note, no NBA team has ever come back from three down (3-0) to win four straight. It’s happened in other sports, though.
Back in 2013, when Sports List of the Day first took a look at 3-1 NBA postseason comebacks, only eight teams had achieved the feat. Since then, the 2015 Houston Rockets and this season’s Warriors have joined the list.
Let’s take another look at all 10 comebacks, and add a dose of statistical fruit to feed your head…Follow @VinGetz
|WINNER (SEED)||LOSER (SEED)||YEAR||ROUND||GAME 7 SCORE|
|10.||Golden State Warriors (1)||Oklahoma City Thunder (3)||2016||Western Finals
|9.||Houston Rockets (2)||Los Angeles Clippers (3)||2006||Western Semis
|8.||Phoenix Suns (2)||Los Angeles Lakers (7)||2006||Eastern Round 1||121-90|
|7.||Detroit Pistons (1)||Orlando Magic (8)||2003||Eastern Round 1||108-93|
|6.||Miami Heat (2)||New York Knicks (3)||1997||Eastern Semis||101-90|
|5.||Houston Rockets (6)||Phoenix Suns (3)||1995||Western Semis||115-114*|
|4.||Boston Celtics (1)||Philadelphia 76ers (2)||1981||Eastern Finals||91-90|
|3.||Washington Bullets (1)||San Antonio Spurs (2)||1979||Eastern Finals||107-105|
|2.||Los Angeles Lakers (2)||Phoenix Suns (3)||1970||Western Semis||129-94|
|1.||Boston Celtics (2)||Philadelphia 76ers (1)||1968||Eastern Finals||100-96*|
* Underdog (by seeding) and so won Game 7 on the road: the 1968 Boston Celtics and 1995 Houston Rockets
There have now been
Two dominating pitching performances wrapped up both 2015 Wild Card games in tight little bows, setting the tone for a postseason which will be primarily about the men on the mound.
American League Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel tossed six innings of three-hit ball in the Houston Astros‘ 3-0 shutout over the New York Yankees, while National League Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta suffocated the Pittsburgh Pirates with 11K’s over nine, putting the ‘Stros and Cubbies into Round 2 (the Division Series).
Houston now has 19-game winner Collin McHugh set for Game 1 against the Kansas City Royals (who have the weakest staff of the remaining playoff teams). Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs have another two pitchers with under-4.00 ERAs (Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks) prepped as they get ready for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards have five starters with double-digit wins – all of whom have ERAs of 3.38 or less!
But, the pitching match up of the early postseason is unquestionably that of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ staff against the New York Mets‘. The Dodgers will have the two best hurlers in all of baseball today – Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke – pittted against the Mets’ young-gun trifecta of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey.
Buckle up for some nail-biters.
Let’s take a look at today’s list, then.
The one-game Wild Card Round has been around for four years now – and checking out the results, one thing stands out immediately. Home-field advantage doesn’t exist. Six of the eight games so far have been won by the away team.
No team has yet to win more than one Wild Card game and only one team has even appeared in more than one. The Pirates have made the NL’s WCG as the home team the past three seasons. Hey Bucs, it’s time to win the division.
One more very notable note: You think the Wild Card teams have no shot at winning the World Series? Not true. Just remember 2014, when both WC winners made it to the Fall Classic, and the San Francisco Giants won it all in seven.Follow @VinGetz
|2015||Houston Astros||3||NEW YORK YANKEES||0||TBD|
|2014||KANSAS CITY ROYALS||9||Oakland A’s||8||12 inn.||Lost World Series 4-3 (San Francisco Giants)|
|2013||Tampa Bay Rays||4||CLEVELAND INDIANS||0||Lost ALDS 3-1 (Boston Red Sox)|
|2012||Baltimore Orioles||5||TEXAS RANGERS||1||Lost ALDS 3-2 (New York Yankees)|
|2015||Chicago Cubs||4||PITTSBURGH PIRATES||0||TBD|
|2014||San Francisco Giants||8||PITTSBURGH PIRATES||0||Won World Series 4-3 (Kansas City Royals)|
|2013||PITTSBURGH PIRATES||6||Cincinnati Reds||2||Lost NLDS 3-2 (St. Louis Cardinals)|
|2012||St. Louis Cardinals||6||ATLANTA BRAVES||3||Lost NLCS 4-3 (San Francisco Giants)|
|1.||1989||Mark Calcavecchia||Wayne Grady||Royal Troon|
|2.||1999||Paul Lawrie||Justin Leonard||Carnoustie|
|Jean van de Velde|
|3.||2002||Ernie Els||Stuart Appleby||Muirfield|
|4.||2015||Zach Johnson||Marc Leishman||St Andrews|