Top 5 Questions to Elias: April 26, 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: Which head coaches in the last 30 years have won their first three career NBA playoff games?
A: Mike Dunleavy (1991 Lakers), Jeff Van Gundy (1996 Knicks), Lawrence Frank (2004 Nets), Mike D'Antoni (2005 Suns), and Tom Thibodeau (2011 Bulls).
Q: What was the Bulls' record this past regular season in games they trailed at the end of the first quarter?
Q: How many active players have recorded double-doubles in each of their first three career playoff games?
A: Jonas Valanciunas joined the list after scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds on Friday. The other active players to achieve this feat are Carlos Boozer, Samuel Dalembert, Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, and Paul Pierce. (Boozer had a double-double in each of his first four playoff games; the others each did so in three straight playoff games to start their careers.)
Q: What's the all-time series record of teams falling behind 0–3 in a best-of-seven playoff series?
A: 0-108 overall: 65 lost in four games, 31 lost in five, nine lost in six, and three lost in seven.
Q: What is the Spurs' all-time won-lost record in NBA playoff series when winning or losing Game 3 on the road after having split the first two games of a seven-game series?
A: 6-0 in such NBA playoff series when they win Game 3, 0-6 when they lose Game 3.