After dropping the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, the Toronto Raptors returned home knowing the odds — at least historically — are against them in their matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.
But when told that 94 percent of the teams with 2-0 leads have gone on to win a best-of-seven series, Raptors coach Nick Nurse was defiant in his belief that Toronto still has what it takes to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
"That can't be right," Nurse said, drawing laughs. "That can't be right. Check the figures.
"I don't know. How do I find the solace [in that]? I find the solace when OKC got beat by 34 and 24 and went down 2-0 and then won four straight against a great, great, great, great San Antonio team. I don't know.
"I don't really give a crap about that. I just want our team to come play their ass off [Sunday night] and get one game and it changes the series."
The numbers are as bad as they were presented to Nurse: Teams are 51-5 (91.1 percent) when taking a 2-0 lead in the conference finals, and 287-20 (93.5 percent) overall when taking such a lead in a playoff series.