Top 5 Questions to Elias: May 16, 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: Since the NBA expanded the First Round to seven games in the 2003 playoffs, what is the most games played in the first two rounds by a No. 1 seed that reached the Conference Finals?
A: The 2008 Celtics played 14 (and eventually went on to win the championship). The 2003 Pistons and the 2014 Pacers both played 13.
Q: Before the Thunder in Games 5 and 6, which was the last team to win consecutive playoff games after trailing by 15-or-more points in each?
A: The Kings over the Suns in 2001. Phoenix was also the last team to lose two in a row after leading by 15-plus points.
Q: The Wizards have lost each of their last six home games when facing playoff elimination. Where does that rank in terms of the longest streaks of this type in NBA history?
A: That equals the longest such streak; the Suns also had a streak of six from 1982 to 1990.
Q: When was the last time that two teams met in two consecutive Conference Finals series?
A: The Pistons and Heat played each other in the Eastern Conference Finals in both 2005 and 2006.
Q: Who was the last player before Kevin Durant to put up 35+ points, 15+ rebounds, and 5+ assists in a road playoff game?
A: LeBron James on June 7, 2012 at Boston.