05/06/2014 11:32 am ET Updated May 06, 2014

Good News: You Won Game 7; Bad News: You're Less Likely To Win Round 2 | FiveThirtyEight

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A close call in the first round of the NBA playoffs doesn’t always doom a team. In 2008, the Boston Celtics, coming off a 66-16 season, needed seven games to get by an Atlanta Hawks team that had gone 37-45. But they wound up winning the NBA title.

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