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Can the Cavaliers rally from 0-2 hole and beat the Warriors again?

Cleveland Cavaliers players watch from the bench late in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday in Oakland. The Golden State Warriors won to take a 2-0 series lead. Can the Cavaliers rally from the deficit, like they did last season?
Cleveland Cavaliers players watch from the bench late in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday in Oakland. The Golden State Warriors won to take a 2-0 series lead. Can the Cavaliers rally from the deficit, like they did last season? The Associated Press

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in familiar territory.

The defending champions are down two games to none against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the same deficit they faced heading into last year’s Game 3.

The Cavaliers won that game, then became the first team in Finals history to overcome a 3-1 hole to win the title.

Not many NBA teams rally from being down 2-0. The Boston Celtics did it in the first round of this postseason, beating the Chicago Bulls to become just the 19th team since 1969 to win a seven-game series despite losing the first two contests.

Can the Cavaliers become No. 20? Their first chance comes Wednesday night, when they host the Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena.

Here’s a look at the teams who have come back from an 0-2 hole:

Series Winner

Opponent

Year

Playoff Round

Celtics

Lakers

1969

NBA Finals

Lakers

Warriors

1969

West finals

Bullets

Knicks

1971

East finals

Trail Blazers

76ers

1977

NBA Finals

Bulls

Knicks

1993

East finals

Rockets

Suns

1994

West semifinals

Rockets

Suns

1995

West semifinals

Lakers

Spurs

2004

West semifinals

Mavericks

Rockets

2005

West first round

Wizards

Bulls

2005

East first round

Heat

Mavericks

2006

NBA Finals

Jazz

Rockets

2007

West first round

Cavaliers

Pistons

2007

East finals

Spurs

Hornets

2008

West semifinals

Thunder

Spurs

2012

West finals

Grizzlies

Clippers

2013

West first round

Trail Blazers

Clippers

2016

West first round

Cavaliers

Warriors

2016

NBA Finals

Celtics

Bulls

2017

East first round

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