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About that 47-0 stat

LOS ANGELES — Phil Jackson [1] coached teams, as you may have heard, have never lost a series when his team won the first game. The number is 47-0 and it’s been getting a lot of play around here.

Ray Allen [2] was unimpressed.

“Nothing,” was his answer to a question about what it meant to him. “Stats are made after the fact. Most of us don’€™t live in the past.”

It really doesn’t mean anything, other than Jackson has coached some pretty good teams. The Celtics [3] have been bucking the odds the entire postseason.

They beat the hottest team in the league in the first round. They beat Cleveland after being down 1-0 and 2-1 and they took two games in Orlando after the Magic had not lost a game at all since early April.

Their entire playoff run has been something of an anomaly anyway, so no, they are not intimidated by this piece of historical data.