Top 5 Questions to Elias: May 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: What was Serge Ibaka's field goal percentage on attempts in the paint in the first two rounds of this year's playoffs? And what was the Thunder's field goal percentage on attempts in the paint in the first two rounds of the playoffs?
A: Ibaka, 77.6 percent (38-of-49); the Thunder, 54.5 percent.
Q: What is the largest point differential between two teams over the first two games of a Conference Finals series in NBA history?
A: The Spurs have out-scored the Thunder by 52 points over the first two games of this year's Western Conference Finals, the largest differential in any Conference Finals series in NBA history. If you consider as the "Conference Finals" the round prior to the NBA Finals (that round has been known by various names over the league's history), the previous high came in 1950, when George Mikan's Minneapolis Lakers outscored the Anderson Duffey Packers by 44 points in sweeping a best-of-three series.
Q: Where do the Spurs rank in number of playoff sweeps in best-of-seven series in NBA history?
A: The Spurs have eight such sweeps, second most to the Lakers (13 sweeps).
Q: The Spurs have won each of their last six Conference Finals games, dating back to May 2013. Who was the last team with a streak of this length in that round?
A: Heat, also six games, over 2011 and 2012.
Q: The Spurs have won seven games by a double-digit margin in this year's playoffs. Which team holds the record for most wins of 10 or more points in a single postseason?
A: The Heat, which had 12 such wins in last year's playoffs.