Securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs doesn’t mean a heck of a lot right now for the Boston Celtics.
After losing 111-97 to the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night on their home floor, the Celtics now find themselves with their backs against the wall in a major way as their opening-round series moves to The Windy City for Games 3 and 4.
The last time a No. 1 seed dropped the first two games to a No. 8 seed was in 1993 when Charles Barkley’s Phoenix Suns battled the Los Angeles Lakers. The first round was only a best-of-five at the time, with Phoenix eventually eliminating the Lakers by taking three straight.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility for Boston to complete a comeback and bounce the Bulls, though, even with three of the next four games at United Center. There have been 18 other instances in league history where a team has trailed 0-2 in the postseason, only to rally and take the series.
|1969||Lakers||San Francisco||West Semis|
|1971||Baltimore||New York||East Finals|
|1993||Chicago||New York||East Finals|
|2004||Lakers||San Antonio||West Semis|
|2008||San Antonio||New Orleans||West Semis|
|2012||Oklahoma City||San Antonio||West Finals|
(courtesy: Odds Shark)
Then again, Boston’s recent history in Chicago hasn’t been pretty, as it was on Nov. 8, 2014 when they last took a road game against the Bulls.