The next round of the 2018 NBA playoffs are set with the Boston Celtics taking on the Cleveland Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals and Golden State Warriors facing the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals.
The home court advantage will likely be a factor in both series. The Celtics will have the advantage in the East, while the Rockets will host four of the potential seven games in the West.
Of the 64 games played so far in the NBA playoffs this season, home teams are 46-18, a .719 winning percentage. In fact, the four teams remaining in the playoffs are 23-2 at home in this post season (a staggering .920 winning percentage) while these same four teams are only 9-9 (.500 winning percentage) as the away team in this year’s playoffs.
Here’s a look at each of the remaining four teams’ records in home and away playoff contests this year:
Boston: 7-0 at home; 1-4 on the road
Cleveland: 5-1 at home; 3-2 on the road
Golden State: 6-0 at home; 2-2 on the road
Houston: 5-1 at home; 3-1 on the road
Let’s take a look back to 2010. The Celtics, Cavs, Warriors and Rockets have been regulars in the post season in the last nine seasons, although the Rockets have not played as many post-season games as the other three since 2010. Following are the home and away records in the post season of the four teams since 2010.
Team, Home record/Away Record
Boston, 35-16 (.686)/17-31 (.354)
Cleveland, 31-9 (.775)/26-15 (.634)
Golden State, 41-8 (.837/23-19 (.548)
Houston, 19-10 (.655)/9-17 (.346)
The Cavs and Golden State are the only two teams of the 30 NBA squads to have a winning percentage over .500 in road playoff games since 2010.
One final stat:
Home teams are 59-30 in conference finals since 2010, a .663 winning percentage.
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The Houston Rockets have now won 15 straight games becoming the third franchise in NBA history to have four or more consecutive winning streaks of 15 or more in their history.
The Rockets team record is 22 straight which they did from January 29, 2008 to March 16, 2008. They also had a pair of 15-game winning streaks back in the 1990s; one was in the 1992-93 season and the other was the following year during the 1993-94 campaign.
Both the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers franchises have had six winning streaks of 15 or more, topping the list.
Here are the franchises that have had the most winning streaks of 15 games or more in their history.
6: Boston, L. A. Lakers
3: Milwaukee, San Antonio, Washington
2: Golden State, N.Y. Knicks, Phoenix, Portland, Utah
1: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, L.A. Clippers, Miami, Philadelphia, Rochester Royals
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If you were an NBA fan back in the 70s (like I was) you certainly remember Jo Jo White. He was a mainstay of those Celtics teams in the 70s, providing steady guard play for a couple of championship Boston teams. White died on Tuesday at the age of 71.
White was a Hall of Famer, member of the USA gold medal winning hoops team in 1968, and an NBA Finals MVP in 1976.
Here are a handful of stats/facts you may not know about Jo Jo White.
- White still holds the Celtics team record for most consecutive games played, 488.
- Not only was he drafted by the Celtics in the NBA, but White was also drafted in two other sports: the NFL by the Dallas Cowboys, and MLB by the Cincinnati Reds. If you add in that he was also drafted into the U.S. military, that’s four very high-profile organizations that drafted White. How many athletes can say that?
- White is one of 79 players in league history to play in all 82 games in a season five times. In fact, White played in 82 games each season in five straight years.
- He averaged 35.8 minutes played per game in his career. That ranks 49th all-time in the league (according to Pro Basketball Reference.com, Wilt Chamberlain tops this category averaging 45.8 minutes per game for a career). White is one of 80 players in NBA history to average 35 or more minutes per game for a career.
- White played collegiately at the University of Kansas. He ranks third on the list for most points scored in the NBA by a player who played at the University of Kansas. Chamberlain is number one on the list followed by another UK alum who played for the Celtics, Paul Pierce.
- White played in seven straight NBA All-Star Games from 1971-77.
- White was a first team All-NBA Rookie selection in 1969-70. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a unanimous choice as Rookie of the Year that season.
- White was very consistent in his scoring throughout his career… he averaged 17.3 points for his career, 17.0 in home games, 17.5 in road games, and 17.8 at neutral site games.
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The Boston Celtics go for their 15th straight win tonight in Atlanta versus the Hawks. The Celtics are looking to become the 42nd team in NBA history to have a streak of 15 or more consecutive regular season wins.
This year’s team is also hoping to become the sixth Celtics team to win 15 straight. The 2008-09 Celtics won a team record 19 straight. They also won 15 or more regular season contests in 1981-82 (18), 1964-65 (16), 1959-60 (17), and won 15 straight over two seasons in 1956-57 and 1957-58. It’s interesting to note that the ’09 and ’82 teams did not make the finals that season. The 1960 and 1965 teams won the title that year; the ’57 team won the title and the ’58 team lost in the finals.
If the Celts can win 15 straight for the sixth time in their history, they would tie the Lakers for most streaks of 15 or more wins by an NBA franchise with six. Following are the NBA franchises that have had regular season winning streaks of 15 or more games two or more times.
6 (winning streaks of 15 or more): L.A. Lakers
3: Houston, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Washington
2: Golden State, New York Knicks, Phoenix, Portland, Utah.
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TODAYSPORTSTAT-July 5, 2017
The big news in the NBA yesterday was the free agent signing of Gordon Hayward with the Boston Celtics. Hayward, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Butler University who spent his first seven seasons in the league with the Utah Jazz, is reunited with his college coach, Brad Stevens, head coach of the Celtics.
Hayward provides the Celts with another serious scoring threat as they look to take the next step in trying to reach the NBA Finals via the Eastern Conference. Hayward has increased his points per game average each year since he came in the league in 2011… from 5.4, 11.8, 14.1, 16.2, 19.3, 19.7, and 21.9 last season.
According to Basketball-Reference.com, last season Hayward was one of 22 players who had a True Shooting Percentage (TSP) of .595 or above (Note: TSP combines a player’s shooting percentage for two-point, three-point and free throw attempts). The only team to have three players on the list was the champion Golden state Warriors with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. The Celtics had two players on the list (Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder) and now add another top shooter to their team with Hayward.