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NBA Teams Down 2-0 in Seven-Game Playoff Series Have a Brutal History

History of NBA Teams coming back from 2-0 Series Deficit

Throughout the history of the NBA playoffs, seven-game playoff series can see momentum shifts and swings that can be hard to anticipate. Whether it’s a revised game plan from the coaching staff or a critical injury, the game-to-game drama is what makes the postseason exciting, unless your team is down 2-0 in a playoff series.

The success rate for an NBA team to come back and win a series after dropping the first two games is staggeringly bad. Only 20 teams in 282 seven-game playoff series have ever come back to win. Yeah, that’s just above a cool seven percent.

Only six squads have prevailed since 2012 when down 2-0 – the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 Western Conference final, the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2016 playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2017 playoffs and the Cavs in the Eastern Conference final vs the Celtics in 2018.

We will update this article throughout the NBA playoffs but in the meantime, here’s a look at the NBA clubs that came back after going down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series:

NBA teams that have won the series after trailing 2-0
YearSeries winnerSeries loserRound
1969BostonL.A. LakersNBA Finals
1969L.A. LakersSan FranciscoWestern Division semifinal
1971BaltimoreNew YorkEastern Conference final
1977PortlandPhiladelphiaNBA Finals
1993ChicagoNew YorkEastern Conference final
1994HoustonPhoenixWestern Conference semifinal
1995HoustonPhoenixWestern Conference semifinal
2004L.A. LakersSan AntonioWestern Conference semifinal
2005DallasHoustonWestern Conference first round
2005WashingtonChicagoEastern Conference first round
2006MiamiDallasNBA Finals
2007UtahHoustonWestern Conference first round
2007ClevelandDetroitEastern Conference final
2008San AntonioNew OrleansWestern Conference semifinal
2012Oklahoma CitySan AntonioWestern Conference final
2013MemphisL.A. ClippersWestern Conference first round
2016PortlandL.A. ClippersWestern Conference first round
2016ClevelandGolden StateNBA Finals
2017BostonChicagoEastern Conference first round
2018ClevelandBostonEastern Conference final