Thing Thatâ€™s Been Bugging Me
Iâ€™m not sure where I read it, because I thought it was in that Michael Lewis article but it wasnâ€™t, but somewhere I read (or heard) that when there is 6 minutes or less in a game, if a team is leading by 6 or more, they win 80% of the time.Â Holy run-on sentence, but I promise you I heard that somewhere.Â And Iâ€™ve been watching games through that lens, which is a little frustrating.
Because watching games, the team that leads down the stretch, they usually win.Â That can take a lot of fun out of the end of games, if youâ€™re thinking that the team making the late comeback is doomed to lose.Â It makes a guy cynical.Â Like, â€œyeah, itâ€™s awesome that theyâ€™re coming back, but they only have a one in five chance in actually pulling it off.Â Sad face.â€Â
But hereâ€™s the kicker: Â I had assumed it was in that Lewis article, so I went to check today and itâ€™s not there.Â Â So now Iâ€™m wondering if I just made that stat up.Â Does anyone else know if this is true?Â If not, I might have just made a startling discovery.
HUGE win for the Bulls last night.Â Not only was it over the Magic (huge), but it also put the Bulls in ninth by themselves (huge).Â Iâ€™ve devised a simple formula for assessing its hugeness:
huge + huge = HUGE
Itâ€™s simple math, but it proves that not only was the win little-h huge in two areas, but when you combine those it becomes all capitals HUGE, which is definitely better.Â
Of course now thereâ€™s the possibility that we have to count the Pistons in this race as theyâ€™ve lost seven straight games to drop to seventh in the East, just a game ahead of the Bucks.Â Surely the Pistons will figure out something, theyâ€™ve got too many proud guys to drop out of the playoffs entirely, but theyâ€™re struggling and thereâ€™s definitely a chance that one of these teams battling for the playoffs could sneak in to the seven spot.Â Or the sixth, since Philly isnâ€™t doing great either.Â Fantastic.