The Boston Celtics face a large deficit in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Miami Heat, but it's not an insurmountable one.
The Heat took a commanding 3-1 series lead with a 112-109 Game 4 win over the Celtics on Wednesday night.
NBA teams that jump out to a 3-1 advantage win their series 94.9 percent (244-13) of the time. The percentage is almost the same in the conference finals.
The Heat are the first team to take a 3-1 series lead in the Conference Finals since the Cavaliers against the Celtics in 2017.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 24, 2020
Teams to take a 3-1 series lead in this round (Conference/Division Finals) are 50-4 (.926) all-time. pic.twitter.com/h4NtQ2nKHU
We've actually seen a 3-1 deficit overcome twice in the 2020 NBA playoffs. The Denver Nuggets battled back and beat the Utah Jazz in the first round and the Los Angeles Clippers in the conference semifinals despite being down 3-1 in both series.
The Celtics have done it twice, too, with the most recent instance coming in 1981 en route to Larry Bird's first of three championships with Boston.
If the Celtics are going to reach the NBA Finals, they'll need to join these teams that have overcome a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven playoff series.
1968 Eastern Division Finals: Celtics defeat 76ers
1979 Eastern Conference Finals: Bullets defeat Spurs
1981 Eastern Conference Finals: Celtics defeat 76ers
1995 Western Conference Semifinals: Rockets defeat Suns
1997 Eastern Conference Semifinals: Heat defeat Knicks
2003 Eastern Conference First Round: Pistons defeat Magic
2006 Western Conference First Round: Suns defeat Lakers
2015 Western Conference Semifinals: Rockets defeat Clippers
2016 Western Conference Finals: Warriors defeat Thunder
2016 NBA Finals: Cavaliers defeat Warriors
2020 Western Conference First Round: Nuggets defeat Jazz
2020 Western Conference Semifinals: Nuggets defeat Clippers