The LA Clippers are down 0-2 to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. They were one win away from advancing to the NBA Finals last year, but were swept by the Warriors. If they want to go back to the NBA Finals this year, they need to make NBA history and win Game 3.
Kawhi Leonard is the best two-way player in the NBA, which is saying a lot, considering the level of talent head-to-head across the Association. But, it’s not just his talent that propels him to the top of the PG tier, it’s his rigorous work ethic. If Leonard has one Achilles’ heel, it’s his extreme work ethic, which can be an issue for him and his teams, but when it comes to making history, he doesn’t mind putting in the work to get there.
With the way the first round series has gone so far, the Los Angeles Clippers seem to be in the right place to take on the Dallas Mavericks. Game 6 of the series will be played in Dallas. With a 5-0 lead in this series, the Los Angeles Clippers could be right where they want Dallas to be. If this series seems like an anomaly, it’s because it is. The series between the Clippers and the Mavericks is only the second in NBA history in which an away team has won its first five games. So if Los Angeles wants to reach the long-awaited semifinal against the Utah Jazz, the Clippers will have to do something different. Literally.
Los Angeles Clippers have no home field
. The Los Angeles Clippers are stuck in a series where the opponent has won five games in a row. The Clips lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games in the first round in 2019. The Warriors won the first game at home, but the visitors took the lead in the next five games. That’s what happened in the NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors that same year. Los Angeles has something on its side. In the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, the home teams have a dismal record. In the playoffs, when they play in their own buildings, the teams are only 21-18. Moreover, the four remaining teams in the Eastern Conference – Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks – have a perfect 10-0 record. Yes, that means the other 12 playoff teams combined have an unimpressive 11-18 record on their home field. What in the name of the 1986 Celtics is going on? They seem to be continuing the trend. Home teams won less than 55% of their regular season games, the lowest percentage in NBA history.
Is the battle for home court part of a continuing trend in the NBA playoffs?
The Los Angeles Clippers are 0-3 at home in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) For games played at 2. June 2021 will be played, the home team wins at .538 odds. But if you look at when the last few playoff games were played in teams’ stadiums, the percentage isn’t much higher. In the 2019 playoffs, the home team has a 46-36 record with a .561 winning percentage. But in 2018, the fans who cheered, cheered, cheered for their home team went home mostly happy. In these playoffs, the teams have a combined 58-24 in their arenas, a good .707. In 2017, their record was 45-34, a .570 winning percentage, no different than 2019. There are too many possible factors to calculate why winning at home has become more difficult. Couldn’t the new arenas have the same individual characteristics as older buildings like the Boston Garden, Chicago Stadium or Oracle Arena? Is it because of a new generation of athletes who are more likely to play in hostile environments as part of elite travel programs? Is it really, as Mars Blackmon once claimed, a matter of shoes? The bottom line is that being on the road is no longer the disadvantage it once was. And this year? Damn, right now it’s a tie.
The only series for the Clippers and Mavericks
Michelle Ray Richardson led the New Jersey Nets to an amazing five-game series against the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984, winning three games in Philadelphia and losing two at home. | Focus on Sport/Getty Images The only time the visitors won the first five games of an NBA playoff series was in 1984. This was the first year the NBA expanded the playoffs to 16 teams. It was also the year that the first round became a best-of-five format instead of a best-of-three format. In the old structure the winners of the divisions got a bye in the first round. A quick series in the first round gave these teams a chance to get the rest they needed without too much rust. The Philadelphia 76ers entered the playoffs as defending champions, but after Moses Malone’s famous prediction nearly came true in the postseason finale, there was a slump. The Champs finished third in the Eastern Conference and will now take on the sixth-seeded New Jersey Nets. The Nets crushed the Sixers with double-digit victories in the first two games and returned to the Meadowlands ready to clean up the champions. But the 76ers fought back with two eight-point victories in New Jersey. Order seems to have been restored. Until the Nets undid it by winning Game 5 101-98. New Jersey’s record in the NBA postseason is 0-6 in 1983. So, yes, maybe it was a minor glitch. Will the Los Angeles Clippers make history and force their way into Game 7? If so, do the Dallas Mavericks have an edge? Stay with us. Statistics and historical information provided by Basketball Reference. COMPARED TO: Los Angeles Clippers coach Tyronn Lue is not afraid of superstars. Ask LeBron James and Kyrie Irving