Top 5 Questions to Elias: May 21, 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 team has played the most playoff games in one year?
A: The Celtics played 26 playoff games en route to winning the championship in 2008.
Q: In the "Big Three" era, what is the Heat's record in playoff games after a double-digit loss (in that same postseason)?
A: Nine wins, one loss.
Q: Over the past 20 years, which player owns the longest streak of consecutive playoff games scoring at least 25 points?
A: LeBron James, who had a streak of 17 such games from May 2008 to May 2009.
Q: Prior to last night's game, LeBron James had scored at least 25 points and made at least half of his field-goal attempts in each of the first five road games he had played in this year's playoffs. Who was the last player who accomplished that in at least five straight road games in one year's playoffs?
A: Shaquille O'Neal, who had a streak of five straight games, at Portland and Seattle, during the 1998 playoffs.
Q: When a best-of-seven series has stood tied at one win apiece, with the winner of the series advancing to the Finals, what is the overall series record of the Game 3 winner?
A: With what is now called a Conference Finals series tied at one win each, teams that have won Game 3 have gone on to win 35 of 49 such series.