The Lakers have made their quest for a three-peat a lot more difficult following their 93-81 loss in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semi-Final match up against the Dallas Mavericks. While the series is obviously not over, the historical numbers certainly do not play in the Lakers favor.
In NBA history, 238 teams have been down 0-2, and only fourteen teams have came back to win the series. Furthermore, only three teams who have dropped the first two at home have came back to win the series: The 1969 Lakers, the 1994 Houston Rockets and ironically enough the 2005 Dallas Mavericks.
The good news for the Lakers is while it seems improbable that they can come back from an 0-2 hole, it is definitely not impossible. It should not be forgotten that there are still a few players on this Dallas Mavericks team who were a part of the 2006 squad that blew a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat.
One would think that if there was any team that had the ability to come back from such a deficit, it would be this Lakers team which is filled with playoff tested veterans. So while the numbers say it is unlikely that the Lakers will come back and prevail in this series, it is important to remember that it is not as if they will be looking to do something that has never been done before. A series is not over until one team wins four games, not two.