Probably. But I wouldn't go as far as Marc Stein:

If the Lakers can't hold a 70-50 lead in a must-win game -- in a building where they were 9-0 in these playoffs -- how are they going to drag themselves out of a 3-1 hole?

Which has never been done in Finals history.



As he himself acknowledges, "I suppose you could counter with a reminder that the Celtics just pulled off their own Finals first." And, indeed, you could. Obviously, you'd be crazy to place an even odds bet on the Lakers at this point but the mere fact that no team has ever come back from a 3-1 hole in the Finals doesn't mean it's impossible. On the contrary, if the NBA survives for years and years at some point it's inevitable that someone will do it. And the current situation, where Boston has an older team coming off a grueling playoff run and currently suffering from a lot of injuries seems like as good a time as any. Certainly, I'll be watching game five with interest and not just assuming a Boston win.

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