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Are the Pacers really tied for the best record in the NBA? - Page 2
Does that thing adjust as the season goes along? It'd have to, wouldn't it?
In a normal 82 game season, it would adjust to where most teams will have played similarly tough schedules by the end of the season. In this season though, you'll probably find that marquee teams like the Clippers and Lakers will have played tougher schedules by the end of the season. Apparently, the NBA wanted to pit the 'name' teams up against each other as much as possible, in order to maximize tv revenue.
In this season though, you'll probably find that marquee teams like the Clippers and Lakers will have played tougher schedules by the end of the season. Apparently, the NBA wanted to pit the 'name' teams up against each other as much as possible, in order to maximize tv revenue.
That's one of the benefits in being a small market team
Re: Are the Pacers really tied for the best record in the NBA?
While this SOS stat is interesting, it doesn't tell the whole story. I would expect that teams like Minnesota and New Orleans and Sacramento are at the top simply because they are the ones giving all those other teams wins. To some extend this SOS is just a glorified inverted regular season standings. There are a few anomaly teams on that list though (Clippers, Lakers, Spurs) and that is what this SOS list is good for.
I think a teams record in games decided by 10 points or more is an indictor of how good they are.
I looked at last year and found something very interesting. The Sixers were 26-13 in this category and when you consider they were only a .500 team that is amazing. Sixers blow a lot of teams out.
Front runners. Teams that can't handle adversity by thrive when things are going their way. That's what being .500 but crushing bad teams in your wins means. It's the KG "I only taunt weaker players" thing.
The other teams on the list win in EVERY category, every game type. Blow outs, close games, road games, 2nd night of a back to back, etc. At least more than the average.
Anyway, the Sixers did start off this stretch proving me wrong when they beat the Bulls (at home though) by more than 10. Then Miami came to town 2 nights later and beat them by 20 at home. 2-0 points, at home. Not exactly some 14-1, blowing everyone out kinda night. More like a reality check.
But okay, they go to ATL which is a tough road game, and they win that. Come home and take care of the Lakers at home and MIA is long gone. They are legit.
Then another double digit home loss to the Spurs, and a close home loss to the Clips and suddenly the SOS factor starts to show up a lot more.
That puts their FEB home record at 2-3 with two more home games left this month - vs DAL and vs OKC, both coming after road trips. The DAL game is after a 3 game trip that ends in ORL, and while the OKC game is post-AS break and comes only after a trip to DET, it's the NEXT NIGHT. So they get to travel back from DET and play OKC the next night.
I'm betting that they don't finish the month above .500 in home games. At least their 7 road games left only feature 3 teams above .500.
The Sixers could end FEB with a .500 or below .500 record for the month, which would be in keeping with how different their FEB schedule was compared to JAN.