Top 5 Questions to Elias: May 9, 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: Prior to their current streak, had the Spurs ever shot 50 percent or better from the floor in each of four consecutive games in one year's playoffs?
A: Since entering the NBA in 1976, the Spurs had not done that before achieving it last night.
Q: When was the last time that a team swept its opponent in the playoffs after having been swept by that same team during the regular season?
A: In the 2006-07 season: The Spurs swept the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals after Cleveland had defeated San Antonio in each of their two regular-season meetings.
Q: Prior to the Heat, which was the last team to win four consecutive games in one year's playoffs, each by a double-digit margin?
A: Memphis, last year. The Grizzlies had a streak of four from April 25 to May 3.
Q: Which was the last team to win three consecutive games in one year's playoffs, each by a margin of 20-plus points? (The question was asked in anticipation of a third straight win of that sort by the Spurs, who, as it turned out, defeated Portland, 114-97.)
A: The Cavaliers in the 2008-09 season. Cleveland had a streak of three from April 26 to May 7.
Q: What is the Wizards' all-time won-lost record in best-of-seven series in which they held a two-games-to-one lead?
A: The franchise has won seven of the 10 best-of-seven series in which it had held a two-games-to-one lead.