Top 5 Questions: April 20, 2014
Each night the Elias Sports Bureau fields questions from broadcasters, reporters and other members of the media.
Here are the top five questions (and answers) from last night.
Q: How many times have four road teams won Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs?
A: It has happened twice -- in 2003 and 2009. There has never been a year in which five road teams won Game 1 of the first round.
Q: Before this season, when was the last time that three road teams won on the first day of the NBA playoffs?
A: On the first day of the 2009 playoffs, three of the four games were won by the road team -- Dallas (at San Antonio), Houston (at Portland), and Chicago (at Boston).
Q: Four Blazers players (Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez, and Wesley Matthews) started all 82 games for Portland. When was the last time four teammates started every game of a season? Has Portland ever had such a season?
A: The last team that had four players start all 82 games was the 2010-11 Lakers -- the players were Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, and Metta World Peace. This marked the first time that four Trail Blazers players each started every game of a season.
Q: Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double in his first career playoff game on Saturday. How many other Raptors players had 10-or-more points and 10-or-more rebounds in the first playoff game of their NBA careers?
A: Tracy McGrady is the only other Raptors player, doing that on April 23, 2000 at New York (25 points, 10 rebounds).
Q: What is the Warriors record in the opening game on playoff series, played on the road?
A: Including Saturday's victory, the Warriors are 7-22 when playing Game 1 of a playoff series on the road. They were 0-7 in such games when the franchise was based in Philadelphia, and are 7-15 since moving to the Bay Area.