So you’re saying LeBron has a chance? Teams that have come back from 3-0 hole


After becoming the 1st team in NBA history to win the title after falling behind 3-1 in the 2016 finals, LeBron James and the Cavaliers need to one-up that accomplishment this week by trying to win the championship facing a 3-0 hole. Ken Blaze, USA Today Sports/Reuters

By the looks of it, the Golden State Warriors have all but wrapped up the NBA championship by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) to take an insurmountable 3-0 lead in their finals series.

But is it really that hopeless?

In the NBA, no team has ever come back from such a deficit but in other professional sports that use the best-of-7 series in the postseason the odds have been broken.

ABS-CBN News looks at some of the most noteworthy turnarounds:

National Hockey League

Not many Filipinos tune in to this winter sport, but it needs to be mentioned that in the NHL’s history 4 teams have already pulled off the ultimate Houdini act. 

They are the 2014 Los Angeles Kings, 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs. 

The Leafs are the only North American major professional team to dig out of a 3-0 hole on the finals stage.

Major League Baseball

The Boston Red Sox’s American League championship win over the New York Yankees is arguably the mother of all miracles.

Boston was given up for dead after falling 3-0 to a juggernaut Yankees squad. Coupled with the 86-year hoodoo popularly known as the “Curse of the Bambino” hanging over their heads, it was reasonable to believe the Red Sox were done.

But, boy, did Boston prove everybody wrong. The Red Sox won Game 4 in 12 innings, Game 5 in 14, then completed the improbable comeback taking Games 6 and 7 in New York.

No major league team prior to the Red Sox — or since that 2004 squad — has erased such a deficit.

Philippine Basketball Association

It happened just last year, when San Miguel had a foot in the grave in its PBA Philippine Cup title series with Alaska.

But the Beermen saw several players step up their game to force overtime victories in Games 4 and 5, before using a strong finishing kick to win Game 6 and outlasting Alaska in the deciding game.

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