PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If you’re looking for a long shot, bet on the Blazers.
Portland trails Golden State 3-0 in the best-of-7 series — meaning Monday’s game is a must-win for the Blazers.
There’s never been a comeback from an 0-3 deficit in the NBA, but it has happened in MLB and NHL playoffs.
In 2004, the Boston Red Sox came back from this same hole to beat the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
It’s happened 4 times in the NHL: Toronto came back to beat Detroit in 1942, the Islanders over the Penguins in 1975, Philadelphia bounced back against Boston in 2010 and most recently when the LA Kings beat the San Jose Sharks in 2014
But in the NBA, it has never happened.
“Obviously, you never know when the first time it is going to happen. We could be the first team to do it,” Damian Lillard said.
CJ McCollum said the team just has to focus. “Every game is an elimination game now. We’re facing every night an elimination game. We gotta lock in and take it one possession at a time. Control everything you can control.”
Blazer broadcasters think it’s a daunting but doable feat.
“We’ve got the ability to beat these guys,” siad Phil Beard. “We’ll come back and get this game tonight, go down there and steal one and come back here. Then who knows what’s going to happen.”
“One at a time now. This whole season has been full of kind of magical moments, you know,” said Lamar Hurd. “Overachieving, some would say considering some of the injuries and some of the things the team has had to go through emotionally. They’ve always come out on top.”