Here's the bad news: The two-games-to-none series lead that the Warriors held before arriving in Houston for Games 3 and 4 of their NBA playoff second-round series has completely evaporated.
The good news? The Warriors have been here before. Four times to be exact.
After dropping Game 4 in Houston on Monday night, this is now the fifth time since Steve Kerr took over as coach that Golden State has been tied or trailing after the first four games of a playoff series.
In all four of the previous instances, the Warriors ultimately prevailed.
This is the fifth time under Steve Kerr that the Warriors are tied or trailing after four games of a playoff series.
The last time was against the Rockets last year. Golden State, of course, won the previous four series. pic.twitter.com/Ovzzgr5cvf— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 7, 2019
The Warriors don't have to go back far to find the last time they were in this situation with the Rockets. The 2018 Western Conference finals were tied at two games apiece, and Houston actually took a three-to-two series lead over Golden State.
Of course, the Warriors won Game 6 at Oracle Arena, and then won Game 7 on the Rockets' home floor to advance to the NBA Finals, where they coasted to their second consecutive title.
The Warriors will have to repeat history if they're going to win a third.