If we can learn anything from history, it's that the Charlotte Bobcats aren't done yet. On Wednesday night, the Miami Heat took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference First round series.
There are reasons for hope, for a fighting chance, for the one fact we can hold on to when the Bobcats metaphorical backs are against the wall.
First, it's happened 16 times in the history of the NBA Playoffs. Teams have come back from an 0-2 deficit. It's not often, but it happens.
The first was the Boston Celtics against Los Angeles back in 1969, and it has happened in every single decade of the NBA except for the 1980's.
The next sliver of hope Bobcats fans can shout out at their watch parties: The Heat are not nearly as good on the road.
With the likes of Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade, experience counts. Playoff experience is even more valuable. This is something the Bobcats obviously don't have, as the franchise has only been to the postseason one time before.
But the Miami Heat have been dominant at home (as we've seen in these first two games at American Airlines Arena). During the regular season, this squad only lost nine games on their homecourt. That's tied for the second best in the entire NBA (only behind Indiana with six home losses).
The road: 22-19 record for the Miami Heat during the regular season. That ties the Phoenix Suns, who didn't make the playoffs in the Western Conference.
The East has been weak, that's no secret. But the Bobcats home record, tells an entirely different story. They're 25-16 at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Three games better than the Miami Heat.
The Bobcats won just under 44% of their road games this year. They won 61% of their home games.
Chances are just that...chances. But when the team is down 0-2 in a series, isn't that all we can ask for?
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