Top 5 Questions to Elias: June 3, 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 teams have had the longest streaks of consecutive seasons with a winning percentage of .600 or better?
A: Spurs -- 17 straight seasons (1997-98 to 2013-14)
Celtics -- 12 straight seasons (1956-57 to 1967-68)
Lakers -- 12 straight seasons (1979-80 to 1990-91)
Q: What's the largest difference in years between a head coach/player tandem's first appearance in the Finals together and their last appearance in the Finals together?
A: Gregg Popovich/Tim Duncan will be appearing in the 2014 Finals 15 years after their first Finals together in 1999, the longest such stretch for any head coach/player tandem.
Q: Which teams won both Games 6 and 7 under the 2-3-2 format in the NBA Finals?
A: Syracuse over Fort Wayne in 1955; the Lakers over Detroit in 1988; Houston over New York in 1994; the Lakers over Boston in 2010; and Miami over San Antonio last year.
Q: When was the last NBA Finals game played on Friday?
A: In 2003 (Nets-Spurs), Games 2 and 5 were both played on Friday (June 6 & 13).
Q: When was the last time that a pair of players, each of whom had won at least one regular-season MVP Award, were facing one another in the NBA Finals for at least a third time?
A: In 1987, when the Lakers, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, opposed the Celtics, with Larry Bird.