Lakers in Game 2′s

With Wednesday’s Game 2 against Dallas set to tip at 7:30 p.m., we took a look at how the Lakers have done in previous second games of playoff series:

- The Lakers are 60-42 all-time in Game 2′s of best-of-seven series (57-38 in Los Angeles)
- L.A. has gone 10-3 in the past three playoff seasons in Game 2′s, earning 3-1 records in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10, plus 1-0 this year (87-78 over New Orleans).
- All but one of those games came at home, as L.A. dropped Game 2 of the 2008 Finals at Boston.
- When splitting Games 1 and 2 in a best-of-seven series, the Lakers are 29-12 all-time (24-12 in Los Angeles, 5-0 in Minneapolis).
- L.A. split Games 1 and 2 three during their run to two consecutive NBA Finals victories, losing Game 1 to Houston in the 2009 Western Semi’s, and Game 2 to Denver (2009 Western Finals) and Boston (2010 Finals).
- When losing Game 1 in the past three playoff seasons, the Lakers are 2-0 in Game 2.
- The importance of Wednesday’s game can be shown historically through this stat: when losing Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-seven series (any round), the Lakers are 2-16 all-time. (2-15 Los Angeles, 0-1 Minneapolis).