Playoffs: Jazz and Hornets in trouble

Detroit, New Orleans and Utah are in the unenviable position of trailing their best-of-seven series 2-0.

Not including this postseason, there have been 217 best-of-seven series in which a team has gone up 2-0. Only 14 times has the team trailing 2-0 came back to win the series. The last time this occurred was last year in the Western Conference semifinals when the San Antonio Spurs dropped the first two games against the New Orleans Hornets but recovered to win the series in seven games.

The Jazz’s attempt at joining that select comeback club begins tonight in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET, TNT). Making the Jazz’s task that much more difficult is its opponent, the Lakers. When winning the first two games of a best-of-seven series, the Lakers are 37-1 all time; in franchise history, they are 56-37 in Game 3 of a best-of-seven series. And since moving to STAPLES Center in 1999, the Lakers have won 83 percent of their postseason games at home (55-11).

– NBA News

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