Top 5 Questions to Elias: April 23, 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 No. 1 seeds have lost the first two games of their first-round series to a No. 8 seed?
A: Just one, the 1992-93 Suns, to the Lakers. Phoenix won the series, three games to two. (The NBA introduced one-through-eight playoff seedings in each conference in 1984.)
Q: What's the largest deficit the Bulls have erased in a postseason win in the post-Jordan era?
A: 14 points, in Game 4 of an opening-round series against Brooklyn in 2013.
Q: What is the largest margin of victory in a playoff game in the Pacers' NBA history?
A: Their largest win in an NBA playoff game is 33 points: a 120-87 win over the Lakers in the NBA Finals on June 16, 2000.
Q: What is the all-time series record for teams that lost the first two games of a best-of-seven playoff series at home?
A: Three series won, 16 lost.
Q: Prior to Jonas Valanciunas, who was the last player with 10-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in each of his first two playoff games?
A: Carlos Boozer, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds, followed by 41 points and 12 rebounds, in his first two playoff games, with the Jazz, at Houston, in 2007.