This Celtics-Cavs Game 2 Stat Shows Absurdity Of Patriots’ Super Bowl LI Win

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Anyone who watched Game 2 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals knows the contest was well over before halftime, and the statistics bear that out.

The Boston Celtics trailed the Cleveland Cavaliers by a whopping 41 points after the second quarter, the largest halftime deficit in NBA playoff history. Prediction models gave Boston a 0.6 percent chance to win, according to The Boston Globe, and that number shrunk to 0.1 percent with the C’s carrying a 46-point deficit into the fourth quarter.

But there’s another Boston-area team that had similar odds to win a playoff game — and impossibly came through.

That’s right: The New England Patriots also had a 0.1 chance to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI when they trailed 28-3 with 6:12 to play in the third quarter.

The Patriots, of course, mounted the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history to win in overtime, while the Celtics stumbled to a 130-86 blowout loss.

While the circumstances are different (most important: The Celtics don’t employ Tom Brady), it’s still mind-boggling to think that the C’s had the same probability of winning Game 2 — despite losing by nearly 50 points with 12 minutes to play and looking completely dead in the water the entire game — as New England did of winning Super Bowl LI.

Boston will need some serious magic to turn its series around against Cleveland, as the Cavs outscored the Celtics by a combined 57 points during Games 1 and 2 at TD Garden. But as Brady and Co. have taught us: It’s never over until it’s over.

Thumbnail photo via David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports Images

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