Can the Celtics or Lakers make NBA history by coming back from down 0-3?

The Miami Warmth and Denver
Nuggets are each win away from the NBA Finals. 

Which means the Boston Celtics
and Los Angeles Lakers are every making an attempt to do one thing that has
by no means been completed in NBA history: come back from an 0-3

Groups that trailed 0-3 in the
NBA playoffs have a 0-149 file all-time.

Right here’s a have a look at what the
Celtics and Lakers are saying with their season on the line
coming into Sport 4.


The Celtics haven’t regarded like
themselves throughout the Jap Convention Finals. 

After blowing double-digit leads
in Video games 1 and a pair of, they had been blown out 128-102 by the Warmth in
Sunday’s must-win Sport 3. How will the group reply now that
they’re dealing with elimination on Tuesday night time?

“As powerful as it’s, we have simply acquired to attempt to transfer on. Put together, get
prepared, follow, movie and stuff for tomorrow. Clearly, we’re in a
powerful place, however we have simply acquired to have some pleasure, bounce back
and simply be higher come Tuesday. … Undoubtedly [need to] play higher
than we did tonight and have some pleasure, clearly, and consider
that we have simply acquired to win on Tuesday. That is simply the message, the
mentality that we now have is: get a win on Tuesday. We’ll determine the
relaxation out from there.”

AL HORFORD “This is part of our journey proper now. And
proper now we’re in a low low, and rightfully so, we’re being
counted out as a result of we have not been in a position to reply. However we’re not
out but. It’s 3-0. I do know what it appears to be like like. I believe I noticed the
different day, [0-3 teams have a record of] 0-149 or one thing like
that. We’re not out but. We’re nonetheless kicking – one in all 4 groups
which can be nonetheless kicking. … This yr, we have been in a position to bounce back
and determine it out. Our backs are in opposition to the wall now, in order that’s
one thing that we now have to do.” 

”I will struggle till the finish. Attempt to get our guys prepared for
the subsequent recreation, and we come out and we put our greatest foot ahead. At
the finish of the day, that is what we have got to do, and that is simply
how I see it. The collection is not over but. It is trying unhealthy, however you
come out, have some pleasure about your self and put your finest foot
ahead. … We have simply acquired to return out and play basketball. Come out
with an awesome mentality, come out and have some pleasure about
your self, come out and have some pleasure about who you are taking part in
for, have some pleasure about no matter, and simply come out and play
basketball. I consider we are able to win the subsequent one, so we have simply acquired to
come out and play.”

“I believe the most vital factor is simply sticking collectively, and
then I’ve to be higher. I’ve acquired to place them in higher positions.
I’ve acquired to get them able to play. I’ve to have the recreation plan
prepared for us to be bodily and to execute, and it is vital that
we stick collectively. … I believe it begins with we have got to defend, we
should get stops, we now have to execute. When you don’t execute on
the defensive finish they usually make pictures, then it impacts the approach you
play offense. We simply should put our identification into our defensive
execution first.”

have to know that our DNA, our core as a group, is on the
defensive finish. That is who we’re, and that is one thing that we now have
to seek out if we wish to come back and win this collection.”

“I deleted Twitter from my cellphone to begin the playoffs. Truthfully, I
have not seen something good, unhealthy or detached since Sport 1 in opposition to
the Hawks. I am sure after each recreation you win, you are the finest
participant and the finest group, and if you lose, you are not the star
and the group isn’t ok. I am sure there might be a few of
that, however out of sight, out of thoughts. You do not see it, as a result of
that is not what’s vital. What’s vital is the guys in the
locker room, teammates, coaches, and we’re all on this collectively
simply making an attempt to determine it out.”

Sport 4 between the Celtics and
Warmth is Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET on TNT.


After the Lakers misplaced 10 of
their first 12 video games to begin the season, their analytics
division gave them a .3% likelihood of creating the playoffs. One month
in the past, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham wrote “.3% PLAYOFFS” on a
whiteboard in the locker room to remind the group that they’ve
already completed the unthinkable as soon as this season. 

Now, the odds are stacked
in opposition to them but once more as they path 0-3 in opposition to the Nuggets in the
Western Convention Finals. This group spent the second half of the
season clawing to maintain their playoff hopes alive, they usually’re
drawing on that have now that their backs are in opposition to the

However do LeBron James, Anthony
Davis and Co. have what it takes to make NBA history?

“We by no means intend to pack it in. Clearly, as you see all through
the course of this season, we now have at all times been a group to struggle. We
are resilient. Everybody retains preventing ’til it is over. It isn’t
over. They should win one other recreation. … [We were] 2-10, thirteenth place,
climbing uphill principally all season to get up to now, and it is
the identical factor right here. Clearly it is a steeper climb being down 0-3.
However we’re going to maintain taking it one recreation at a time and attempt to
get higher and are available out with a win on Monday.”

“Our backs have been in opposition to the wall. I’ve spoke about it most likely
the final two months – possibly greater than that – since the commerce
deadline, [we’ve been] swinging, throwing punches to struggle to get
to this chance. We’ll go watch movie, and we are able to both come
out Monday and go dwelling or we are able to struggle for one more day. And with
the group of men that we have got, I do know what that reply will

“I imply, simply acquired to get one. Simply one after the other. Simply give attention to
Sport 4, and you understand, that is all you may actually take into consideration. … Simply
prepare for Monday and simply acquired to get one. It is a one-game
collection for us. Each recreation counts, clearly.”

imply, I believe the deficit is 3-0, not 4. So so long as they’ve
not gotten to 4 but, there’s nonetheless hope. We’re nonetheless alive. We
simply should give attention to successful one recreation.”

“Take it one recreation at a time. , come Monday, go away it out on
the flooring, and attempt to get a win. Take it to Sport 5, Sport 6, Sport 7.
That is all you may actually do. … We’ll have a look at the movie and see
the place we are able to get higher, particularly late-game [on] each ends of the
flooring, after which get able to line them up on Monday and attempt to maintain
the season alive.”

“I nonetheless [believe]. It is time to go proper back dwelling and begin to
refuel and begin the therapy course of and restoration course of, and
prepare for Monday. My mindset is at all times locked in as if it is
Sport 1.”

Sport 4 between the Lakers and
Nuggets is Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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