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Thunder Has Reason To Believe It Can Come Back

by Darnell Mayberry Published: May 31, 2012

Only 14 teams in NBA history have ever come back to win a best-of-seven series after trailing 2-0. The Thunder will have to become the 15th team in order to reach its first NBA Finals. According to the odds, the Thunder has only a 5.7 percent chance of coming back and winning this Western Conference final. Add to that, the Thunder has yet to prove it can consistently stop the Spurs. "Well, the way you described it, I don’t know if there is anything we can do," veteran guard Derek Fisher quipped Wednesday when asked what could be done to get back in the series. "I guess we should just not show up." If anyone has reason to believe, it's Fisher. The veteran point guard has played on two of the fortunate 14 that have rallied to win after falling behind 2-0. He was a member of the Lakers team that took out San Antonio in six games in the 2004 semifinals and was a contributor for Utah when the Jazz came back to knock off Houston in the first round in 2007. Thunder coach Scott Brooks also was a member of the Houston team that came back to beat Phoenix in the '94 semifinals. Fisher's Lakers in 2004 won four straight to oust the Spurs in six. But Fisher's Jazz in '07 and Brooks' Rockets in '94 both needed seven games to take the series. Fisher and the Jazz in 2007 even won Game 7 on Houston's home floor. Here's a look at all 14 teams that have gone on to win a best-of-seven series after trailing 2-0. WINNER                     LOSER                    YEAR           ROUND Boston                     Los Angeles            1969              NBA Finals Los Angeles          San Francisco        1969              Western Division Semifinals Baltimore               New York                1971              Eastern Conference Finals Portland                Philadelphia            1977              NBA Finals Chicago                  New York                 1993              Eastern Conference Finals Houston                 Phoenix                   1994               Western Conference Semifinals Houston                 Phoenix                    1995              Western Conference Semifinals Lakers                     San Antonio           2004               Western Conference Semifinals Dallas                      Houston                   2005              Western Conference First Round Washington          Chicago                    2005               Eastern Conference First Round Miami                     Dallas                        2006               NBA Finals Utah                        Houston                   2007               Western Conference First Round Cleveland              Detroit                      2007               Eastern Conference Finals San Antonio        New Orleans            2008               Western Conference Semifinals * Thunder center Nazr Mohammed was on the 2007 Detroit team that lost to Cleveland after being up 2-0. -DM-

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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