Now, before everybody gets way ahead of themselves and starts booking rooms for the next
series, take a step back.
Game 1 often, very often, goes to the visiting lower-seeded team, and very often doesnâ€™t
Yes, stats say that 71 percent of all Game 1 winners since 1994 (when the Eastern/Western
conference playoff format was put in place) have gone on to win the series.
But stats also say that 71 percent of Game 2 winners since 1987, when all rounds went to
best-of-seven, have gone on to win the series.
Now, if it gets to 2-0 â€¦ thatâ€™s happened 280 times in best-of-seven series, and only 37
times has the team down 0-2 come back to win, or 13.2 percent.