Re: Cha at Mil, 5/20
- --- In APBR_analysis@y..., Andy Finkelstein <andyf@b...> wrote:
> If you push the shot clock to 30 seconds, I would think that thegames
> would be even *lower* scoring than they are now! I have alwaysfelt
> that if the league wants to increase scoring, the shot clock shouldbe
> reduced to *20* seconds. If nothing else, I think it should forceeven
> *more* shots per game, and therefore more chances for points to beHighly likely that increasing the clock would mean lower scoring
games. Likely that reducing the clock would increase point totals
without significant impact on efficiency.
> Also, could someone explain to me how the "8 seconds to cross thedon't
> backcourt line instead of 10" will increase scoring? Personally, I
> think there should be *any* limit... I mean, if there's a shotclock to
> control your possession, who cares *how* long it take you to crossHere is why it _may_ help. By decreasing that time, you tempt
> halfcourt, as long as you get your shot off in time?
defenses to actually pull out a full-court press, which causes either
quick turnovers or quick scores on the other end. It's not clear
whether 8 seconds is enough to make a difference, esp. since common
wisdom is that you cannot press NBA point guards. I personally think
that this is going to make almost no difference next year. It may
have a difference in a couple years.
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- --- In APBR_analysis@y..., Ed Weiland <weiland1029@y...> wrote:
>Ed's points are very good here. I'd been thinking about it myself.
> The Lakers didn't have a historic regular season in
> either W-L record or point differential. But they
> might be on their way to an unprecedented 15-0 sweep
One thing I would add is that the Laker defense was the weakspot
during the regular season. It is also what has improved
significantly in the playoffs. This points to 2 things
1. It emphasizes that defense is what takes effort and that the
Lakers were a bit lazy during the season, knowing that they could
turn it on in the postseason.
2. The best offensive teams are probably better off in the playoffs.
I did a quick study of this (using certain assumptions about whether
teams slack off in the regular season) and posted it at
"They Say Defense Wins Championships"...
For the record, I had the Lakers and the Bucks with the best offense
Journal of Basketball Studies
> through the playoffs. I know there's a lot of
> basketball to be played yet, but whether it's the
> Bucks or the Sixers, the East opponent will not only
> be worn down, they'll also be possibly the worst team
> the Lakers will face during their run. A four game
> sweep in the finals is not only a possibility, it
> seems downright likely. Especially if 15-0 (or
> tree-fo-fo-fo as Moses Malone might put it) is a
> possibility going in. You know the Lakers are thinking
> about it now and will be gunning for it.
> Here are some of the best playoff runs until this
> season that I found:
> '61 Celtics 8-2 11.9 point diff
> '71 Bucks 12-2 14.5
> '82 Lakers 12-2 6.1
> '83 Sixers 12-1 6.5
> '86 Celtics 15-3 10.3
> '87 Lakers 15-3 11.4
> '91 Bulls 15-2 11.8
> '96 Bulls 15-3 10.6
> The '01 Lakers are 10-0/14.1 so far. I don't ever like
> to declare any team the best ever, especially a team
> hasn't even been crowned champions yet and that's not
> what I'm saying here. I will say that IF the Lakers go
> on to run the table in the playoffs, you'd at the very
> least have to call it the most impressive playoff
> performance ever. Considering it's being done against
> possibly the best eight team field one conference has
> ever sent into the playoffs, it's that much more
> amazing. Kind of a bummer, since I was looking forward
> to a more exciting playoffs. At least we might get to
> see history made.
> Ed Weiland
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- For the record the score of the second game was Minneapolis 133 St. Louis
75 - a 58 point margin which at that time was the largest margin of victory
in the NBA for any game - playoff or regular season.
The regular season record was topped in 1960 by the Nats over the Knicks
162-100. The current record is Cleveland's 148-80 win over Miami in 1990.
But the Lakers still own the playoff record.
> The largest playoff margin of victory was not by anyone listed
> below. The 1956 Lakers outscored their opponents by 18.7 ppg. They
> lost to the Hawks 116-115, won 145-73, and lost again by 116-115.