Impossible comebacks in American sports: The Celtics are on the verge of making history
As many as 151 times an NBA playoff series has started with a 3-0 lead in favor of one of the two teams. And, so far, the record for these crossovers is 150-0 in favor of the team that took the lead. The 151st was signed by the Miami Heat last Monday, May 22, when they sealed their third consecutive victory to start the series against the Boston Celtics, who started with home-court advantage.
On their way to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Heat have left their mark in the history books as the first team in playoff history to advance to the playoffs (followed by the Lakers) and the fifth team to enter as the eighth seed and eliminate the first seed.
But the ultimate punch to history right now is in the hands of Boston, which has put the series at 3-2 and is threatening a comeback to tell for generations to come. Only three times has a team that began by losing the first three games of a series ended up forcing a seventh. The Knicks, who tied the Rochester Royals in the 1951 NBA Finals, the Nuggets against the Jazz in the second round of the 1994 West and the Trail Blazers against the Mavericks in the first round in 2003.