That L.A. dropped Game 1 of their Round 1 series against New Orleans was likely the most surprising of eight terrific NBA games, particularly as the Lakers have so rarely lost that first postseason game since acquiring Pau Gasol in February of 2008.
L.A. had hosted 11 playoff series since then in three consecutive trips to the finals, winning Game 1 in 10 of those 11 matchups.
The only loss came in Game 1 of the 2009 Western Semi’s against Ron Artest and the Houston Rockets, a 100-92 defeat in a series that would ultimately go seven games.
On two other occasions, however, the Lakers dropped Game 2, thus giving up home-court advantage momentarily:
2009 Western Finals: Denver 106, Lakers 103
2010 NBA Finals: Boston 103, Lakers 94
That makes three of the 11 playoff series L.A. has hosted in which they dropped either Game 1 or Game 2 and went on to win the NBA championship nonetheless. In fact, the Lakers immediately regained home court in each circumstance, winning Game 3 on respective courts in Houston, Denver and Boston.
Of course, before the Lakers can try to apply that math to this season’s team, they first have to beat New Orleans in Wednesday night’s Game 2.