The Nonsensical Optimist’s Guide to Being Down 3-0

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The Bucks, Celtics, and Lakers are all in a deep hole, down 3-0 in the first round of these NBA Playoffs. The Hawks are in danger of joining them tonight as well against Indiana. As Milwaukee gears up to face the seemingly indomitable Heat tonight and the Celtics and Lakers face elimination Sunday, it’s time for the nonsensical optimists to keep watching, believing their teams can come back. No team has ever done it, but they think, “Why not? My team can do it!” For the die-hards, here’s my tips to being down 3-0.

  • Tip #1: Know your “Down 3-0” history. No NBA team has ever won four straight games after dropping the first three in a best-of-seven, but it’s happened in hockey and baseball. The Maple Leafs came back in the 1942 Stanley Cup Finals, the Islanders came back in the 1975 quarterfinals, the Flyers came back on the Bruins in…

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