The word "never" is the most dangerous word in sports. (Exhibit A: "The U.S. hockey team will never beat the Soviets at Lake Placid.") But one of those nevers has stood the test of time: No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series. That what makes what's happening in Boston and Houston so interesting.
The eighth-seeded Rockets were down 3-0 to the Thunder and seemingly overwhelmed. The Celtics were in a 3-0 hole against the Knicks and looked old. But both teams have stormed back with two straight wins and can reduce their once-lopsided series to a winner-take-all Game 7 with a Game 6 win at home. Will one or both teams make NBA history?
Hurting in Oklahoma City
Losing Russell Westbrook to a knee injury has affected the Thunder. But at the same time, the Rockets have caught fire.
Sudden temperature shift
Carmelo Anthony hasn't made a 3-pointer in two straight games, while Boston's veterans have stepped up. Which better explains why the Knicks haven't been able to close out the series?
Team of destiny?
Omer Asik, a 54 percent career free throw shooter, made 8 of 12 attempts and foiled the Thunder's late-game strategy. Are the Rockets or Celtics more likely to make history?