Did you know that the Warriors are playing a pivotal Game 5 tonight in Houston?
Yeah. It's true.
The officials for tonight's game are James Capers, Eric Lewis and Zach Zarba.
Why does that matter (it may not matter at all)? Well, because of this:
Golden State has won their last 12 playoff games officiated by James Capers https://t.co/MYh6H9hI0C— NBA Ref Stats (@NBARefStats) May 24, 2018
The Warriors have not lost a playoff game with Capers as an official since Game 3 of the 2015 West Semifinals at the Grizzlies.
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Here are the 12 straight wins:
-Game 2, 2015 West Finals vs Rockets
-Game 1, 2015 NBA Finals vs Cavs
-Game 5, 2015 NBA Finals vs Cavs
-Game 2, 2016 1st round vs Rockets
-Game 1, 2016 West Semis vs Blazers
-Game 5, 2016 West Finals vs Thunder
-Game 2, 2016 NBA Finals vs Cavs
-Game 4, 2017 West Semis at Jazz
-Game 3, 2017 West Finals at Spurs
-Game 2, 2017 NBA Finals vs Cavs
-Game 1, 2018 1st round vs Spurs
-Game 4, 2018 West Semis at Pelicans
That's 9-0 at home and 3-0 on the road.
So if that's the good news for the Warriors, here's the bad news:
In a 2-2 best-of-seven series, the team with home-court advantage has won 80% of the time.— Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) May 23, 2018
Enjoy the game, everybody...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller