Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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A recent news story said that scientific studies of NBA games showed that teams who shot the ball earlier in the 24 second clock had more success. I hate to disparage people who enjoy putting numbers into computers and seeing what comes out, but the result the computer guys came up with isCOMMON SENSE. This is not to criticize the work of Brian Skinner, a theoretical physicist at the University of Minnesota who conducted the study and had to sample 5000 NBA games to do it. He really didn't need to watch that many games or take so many notes. It has been evident ever since the shot clocks started being used that teams don't get many good shots out of the last ten seconds of a shot clock in normal play. But "wait a minute", you say. What about Gene Hackman in "Hoosiers" telling his players they had to make five passes before shooting. Or what about all those motion offenses used by teams on all levels that involve multiple passes? What about Josh Lucas (Don Haskins) in "Glory Road" w...
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