Road teams off to flying start in NBA playoffs

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 2:10 am •  Published: April 24, 2014
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MIAMI (AP) — Here's the list of teams that had home-court advantage entering the opening round of these NBA playoffs: Indiana, Miami, Toronto, Chicago, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Houston and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Here's the list of teams that still held that advantage after Wednesday night: Miami.

That's it.

Road teams are off to a ridiculously hot start in the NBA playoffs, with seven of the eight lower seeds either leading or tied after the first two games of their respective series. Home teams are only 7-9 through the first 16 games of the postseason, the worst record — by far — that clubs with the supposed edge have had at this point in the playoffs since the NBA went to the best-of-seven format for every round.

At this point in last year's playoffs, home teams were 14-2. Over the last three postseasons, home teams got off to 39-9 starts. But this year, a trend that started on Saturday when road teams won the first three games has pretty much kept holding true, more than anyone likely would have expected when the playoffs began.

"I didn't," Houston's Jeremy Lin said, when asked if he fathomed the Rockets could have been in an 0-2 hole at home.

Well, they are, after Portland — with LaMarcus Aldridge leading the way — took Game 2 of that matchup on Wednesday night. And just like that, the Blazers are halfway to the second round, probably much faster than they even expected.

"It's not over," Aldridge said. "Just like we came here and won two, they're probably thinking the same thing."

Chicago also dropped two games at home to open its series with Washington, stunning since the Bulls had dropped consecutive games in their building only once in 2014 before entering the playoffs.

The Rockets and Bulls are in the most trouble, but they're not the only clubs in hot water. Indiana split at home against eighth-seeded and sub-.500 Atlanta; Toronto needed to dig deep to salvage a home split with sixth-seeded Brooklyn; the Clippers gave home-court away to sixth-seeded Golden State by losing Game 1 and settling for another split; and not even the heroics of Kevin Durant could save Oklahoma City at home in Game 2 against Memphis.