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Only 11 teams have won a series after going down 3-1: Will the Bucks lock it up with win in Game 4?

Posted at 3:37 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 16:55:20-04

MILWAUKEE -- There have been several "hot" takes regarding this second-round Milwaukee Bucks versus Boston Celtics series. Will those takes be put to bed after Game 4 on Monday night?

After Game 1, a game that was dominated by the Celtics, former Celtic Paul Pierce went on record saying "I think [this series] is over."

That was clearly not the case, as the Bucks went on to dominate Games 2 and 3.

After Game 3, Charles Barkley went on record saying that "the Boston Celtics are not going to win another game."

With the combination of Milwaukee's recent successes in Games 2 and 3, and Game 4 being tonight, this question is now on people's minds: With a win tonight, would the Bucks secure a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals?

Historically, a 3-1 series lead all but answers that question with a yes.

Only 11 NBA teams have come back from 3-1 to win the series. Most recently, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.

Not only does a win tonight all but lock up the series, but it would also mean the Celtics would have to beat the Bucks three games in-a-row.

This season, the Bucks only lost two games in-a-row once. They never lost three games in-a-row in 2018-19, let alone to the same team.

To top it all off, two of those three games would be at Fiserv Forum, a place where the Bucks have only lost nine times since the August 26 grand opening.