The Golden State Warriors are one loss away from failing to defend their NBA title. However, there are NBA teams in the past who have managed to win three straight after falling 3-1 in a best of seven series.
Back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors can still come back down and win the series. There are nine other NBA teams who have done it in past NBA Playoffs, detailed by NBA.com in a recent article.
NBA teams down 3-1 in the playoffs but won the series:
1968 Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers – East Finals
1970 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns – West Finals
1979 Washington Bullets vs. San Antonio Spurs – NBA Finals
1981 Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers – East Finals
1995 Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns – West Semifinals
1997 Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks – East Semifinals
2003 Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic – East First Round
2006 Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers– West First Round
2015 Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers – West Semifinals
The most recent one is the Rockets’ effort against the Clippers in last year’s Western Conference Semifinals and the first one was in the East Finals of the 1968 playoffs.
However, OKC features superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, two of the best playes in the NBA today. The Thunder also have been getting major contributions from their role players like Steven Adams, Andre Roberson and Dion Waiters.
Game 5 of the Thunder-Warriors series is on Thursday in Golden State. Playing at home could provide the Warriors the energy in extending the series. Game 6 is on Saturday in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder will have a chance to close out the series at home.
The Warriors are in must-win games the next three but Game 6 looks like the most important game for them as they will be playing Game 7 back at home if they stretch the series. The Warriors are in a big hole but other NBA teams have managed to get out of it in the past.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the Warriors have the chance to show that their 73 wins in the regular season will not go for nothing.