The “Winning Formula” in the 21st Century NBA
When a kid first picks up a ball to play some Hoops – whether we’re talking about nowadays or back-in-the-day – the object of the Game (whatever the game: half-court, full-court, a game of HORSE or “21”) is to put the ball through the goal more often your opponent, no?
Sheesh … Dr. Naismith and the “nurturers” of the Association (Mikan, Eddie Gottlieb, Danny “Mr. 24-second Clock” Biasone, even Red himself) must be rolling over in their graves.
Now, despite this deficit in FG’s, newly-minted Boston Celtic Head Coach Joe Mazzulla’s boys have indeed been burning up the nets from the Free-throw line – they’ve attempted just 81 more FT’s than the other guys but converted 128 more. (Boston ranks third in FT% and is one of eight teams north of 80%.)
For the record, the Celtics stand No. 2 league-wide in takes, makes and accuracy from behind the arc.
Abacus Revelation for the Road
During the ’21-22 season’s 1,230 games, a team scored 130 points or more in a single game 187 times.
This season through 884 games, that plateau has been eclipsed 172 times.