Spurs battling history as they try to crawl out of 2-1 hole


After Saturday’s loss at Memphis, the Spurs will be some huge historical odds as they attempt to come back from a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-7 series.

In the Spurs’ previous franchise history in best-of-7 series, they’ve been behind 2-1 in 12 previous series. They ended up winning only one of them.

The Spurs’ previous comeback from a 2-1 deficit came in the 2008 Western semifinals when they were behind 2-1 after three games against New Orleans. They came back from that obstacle by winning three of the final four games, including a dramatic Game 7 triumph at New Orleans.

Who knows? Maybe the 13th time will be the charm again for the Spurs.  

Here’s a look at the results when the Spurs fell behind 2-1 in previous best-of-7 series in their history.

Year            Playoff series                        Opponent                Result  

1978            Eastern semifinals             Washington             Lost in 6 games *

1981             Western semifinals            Houston                   Lost in 7 games *

1983             Western finals                     L.A. Lakers              Lost in 6 games

1990             Western semifinals           Portland                    Lost in 7 games

1993             Western semifinals           Phoenix                     Lost in 6 games

1995              Western finals                    Houston                    Lost in 6 games *

1998             Western semifinals            Utah                           Lost in 5 games

2002             Western semfinals            L.A. Lakers              Lost in 5 games

2006             Western semifinals           Dallas                         Lost in 7 games *

2008              Western semifinals          New Orleans            Won in 7 games

2008              Western finals                    L.A. Lakers              Lost in 5 games

2009               Western first round         Dallas                        Lost in 5 games *                   

2011                 Western first round         Memphis


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