With the series headed to seven, both the Celtics and Cavs find themselves with a lot on the line tomorrow night.
Specifically, for the series’ biggest stars (LeBron James & Al Horford), this next game can change the course of their basketball future forever. But other than having this undeniable fact in common, they also share something quite similar regarding the NBA Playoffs.
In a post by bananashamrock, the Reddit user has pointed out that James and Horford are the only two NBA players over the past ten years who have played in at least 4 Game 7s and have won every single one of them. Big Al is 4-0, winning two with the Hawks in 2009 and 10 and then winning two more with this Celtics squad, while King James is 5-0, winning in 2012, two in 2013, in 2016, and one in these playoffs against the Pacers.
While the stats aren’t certainly the most important pieces of information, it just goes to show how even the two unlikeliest of stars can have so much in common. And with them both playing to keep their awesome streak alive, only one has a chance to do so, according to the Redditor bananashamrock.
Over the last decade, there are only two players who have played in at least four Game 7s and have won every single one of them: LeBron James (5-0) and Al Horford (4-0).
LeBron James and Al Horford are both undefeated in Game 7’s over the past 10 years.
Al Horford was a part of two Game 7 wins with the Hawks, both coming at home. One was a victory over the Heat in 2009, the other was a victory over the Bucks in 2010. He has also been a part of two Game 7 wins in his time with Boston, both of those also coming at home. The first was last year vs the Wizards. The other was earlier in these playoffs vs the Bucks.
LeBron James has played in 5 Game 7s over the past 10 years. In 2012 his Heat beat the Celtics at home in Game 7 of the ECF. The following year, again with the Heat, he was part of Game 7 victories over the Pacers in the ECF and the Spurs in the Finals, both games coming at home. His other two come with the Cavs. The first was on the road against the Warriors in the 2016 Finals. The other was earlier in these playoffs vs the Pacers at home.