|Posted on May 12, 2010 at 8:56 PM|
When playoff-time comes, sports announcers seem to leave their wits behind with the regular season. The following lines sports analysts say frequently even though they are illogical.
10. "They have more playoff experience."
A basketball game is a basketball game, was something along the lines of what Stan Van Gundy said when his Orlando Magic team played the experienced Lakers in the 2009 NBA Finals. The age of a team may matter because they'd have more experience playing basketball period, but does having played in the playoffs before really help a team be less nervous going into a playoff game? I agree with Stan Van here.
9. "Nobody has had a 25 point, 10 rebound, 5 block, 4 assist game in Lakers' franchise playoff history in six years."
Okay, that's only 69 games, which is actually a pretty short amount of time considering that they didn't have a great center for four of those years. I hate when people use these specific statistics that are somewhat meaningless and are not quite as impressive as they seem.
8. "They wanted it more."
Both teams want to win. It's not like one team doesn't care about winning the NBA championship, they just didn't play as well.
7. [After a bad first half] "This team really needs to come out and play well in this third quarter."
Halftime show analysts say this as if teams don't want to play well every quarter.
6. "This game changes the whole complexion of the series."
We already know that every game changes the series since every game counts to the final score of the series. To make this comment sound somewhat intellectual, people that say this add in a sophisticated word to make it sound as if they are actually making a smart point.
5. [After an away team wins game 1 of a series] " I don’t think they can win again in game 2. They already won, so the chance that they can do it again is so slim."
A basketball game is an independent event. The outcome of one basketball game has almost zero impact on the outcome of the next basketball game. If anything, the team that won the first game has a greater chance to win the next because they've shown that they are capable of winning as underdogs.
4. [In the first quarter] "After a 5-0 run the Suns are back in the game."
This is silly on many levels. First, a 5-0 run is nothing special. It's a score, a miss by the other team and a score. Secondly, In the first quarter, it's not really possible to be "out of the game." Thirdly, if it only took five points to get back in the game, they probably were never even out of it.
3. "Teams that lead 2-0 win the series 93% of the time."
Thanks for the insight. This tells us that teams that are winning by a large margin usually win. This also tells us that teams that have won 100% of games in the recent past are very likely to win 40% of games in the near future. Plus, teams that win the first two games probably are the better team.
2. "The Cavs lead 2-1, is this series over?"
No, it's not. You need to win four games to win a series, and they only won two. Therefore, no, the series isn't over. All they did was win in their home court.
1. "The last time these two teams met in the playoffs, back in 1996, the Magic won."
I don't really care about what happened to retired players. I want to know information that will actually give me some knowledge on the upcoming series.
Please comment and tell me if there are any lines that bug you.
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