Our win in Game 5 officially meant we'd be playing deeper into the calendar year than when we were ousted in four to Miami in 2005 (that series ended on May 14). This is the now latest into the calendar year that the Wizards (post franchise renaming) have played.
The franchise has played 18 total games on May 15 or later (today being the 19th time). Of those 18 occasions, 16 of them took place during the NBA Finals. The only two non-Finals playoff games that took place on or after the May 15 date were Game 6 and 7 of the 1978-79 Eastern Conference Finals against the Spurs. Game 6 was a day short of 35 years ago (May 16, 1979 - 12,783 days ago if you to count that way). Of course the Bullets would later fall to the Sonics in the NBA Finals that year. All told, the franchise is 7-11 in games on or after May 15 (4-6 at home, 3-5 on the road).
The last time the franchise was involved in a non-Finals series that pushed past May 15th (the aforementioned ECF vs. the Spurs), the Bullets battled back from a 3-1 deficit to win. Today will be only the second non-Finals game to take place on May 15 or later at our home arena (we are a blistering 1-0 in such a scenario).
The franchise has actually played four games in June (all Finals games, of course). Pushing a potential ECF series to 6 or 7 games would likely spillover into June this year. In case you're wondering, the latest in the calendar anyone has ever played is June 23rd (2005 Finals, Game 7, Spurs-Pistons).
I say let's keep the Phone Booth open a little while longer. It's nice to have warm weather and Wizards games!