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Through its seven decades, the ranks of the National Basketball Association have seen their share of dominating and seemingly unstoppable forces – from the sheer size and strength of a Mikan to the elusive elasticity of a Dr. J.; from the sleight of hand exhibited by a Bob Cousy to the brilliant simplicity of Kareem’s sky hook.

The modern NBA, even with its sundry vices, certainly retains this virtue – LeBron James an ultra-athletic Mikan, a Steph Curry or Kyrie Irving the Cooz with a jump shot. Even Isaiah Thomas’s other-worldly 2016-17 season and its aftermath has been seen before – google Billy Ray Bates.

In pro basketball, however, there yet exists a Power more potent, more enduring and more consistent than any of these phenomenal athletic exploits.

Allow me to explain.

Through Tuesday (incidentally the exact three-quarter point of the season), an NBA team had played the second night of a back-to-back on its home court against a team that had not played the previous day on 71 occasions. Another 38 games have pitted squads who’d both competed the night before. [NOTE: The NBA’s first 911 games this season have also included 181 in which the “tired” team played on the “fresh” team’s floor.]

Of those 109 games, the Home team emerged victorious 65 times (.596) – tired Homies are 41 – 30 (.577) against fresh legs, 24 – 14 (.632) vs. the weary.

Overall this season, Home teams are 530 – 381 (.582).

Dorothy was right!!


Abacus Revelation for the Road

When y’all get through with my Algebra class, you’ll learn about something called a Logical Corollary in Geometry class.

Since this data suggests that Home Court Advantage pretty much negates the disadvantage of playing back-to-back …

… then playing tired on the road must be impossible, right? (That the LC, BTW!)

Sho’ nuff, they’ve gone 62 – 119 (.343).

Q.E.D.

Abacus Reveals 2/28/2018 06:18:00 PM Edit
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