The Wizards’ 2-0 series lead is pretty rare in NBA playoffs


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The game ended well past midnight on the East coast, but the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls in overtime to take a two-games-to-none lead in this best of seven series. It was, for lack of a better word, unexpected.

Only twice before has the road team taken a 2-0 series lead in the first round during a best of seven series. The Houston Rockets outscored the Dallas Mavericks 211-to-197 in the first two games of the 2005 NBA Western Conference first round, only to drop four of the next five.

“We cracked in every way,” then-Rockets Coach Jeff Van Gundy said after losing the series. “It was really not befitting how we played and conducted ourselves this year. It does show how very, very far we have to go.”

Three years later the Utah Jazz would take a 2-0 series lead over the Houston Rockets and end up moving on in six games and face the Los Angeles Lakers, where the Jazz would lose in six.

Two teams. One lost and the other moved on one more round. Where do you think the Wizards go from here?

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Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
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