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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.

  • xtro

    Maybe the champs will defy the odds and rewrite history by still winning the series despite the fact they are down 2-0.

  • In Kobe We Trust

    Kobe said it best “If you wan’t to make history, you got to make historic things” .

  • LakerMarc

    I really don’t think so because this team has issues, has had them all season long, and they haven’t shown at all this season the heart of a champion,,,sorry but compare Lakers 2010/2011 to the team of the 2 previous years….there is no comparison. especiallly not 2008/2009

  • Imadogg

    Btw 2006 Finals was Mavs-Heat, not 07

  • Gasoft

    I’m the most optimistic Laker fan in the world, but it’s time to throw in the towel. Even if they come back to win this series, they won’t have enough in the tank for OKC & MIA. It was a good run while it lasted.

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  • yo

    need to play trey johnson