Significance of rest and winning a championship

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vinny808
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With the Hawks forcing a game seven against the Celtics, a question struck my mind. I wondered whether there was a correlation between the number of games played equals winning a championship or not. The media and fans alike argued whether it was better for the Lakers to rest or if playing games and keeping rhythm was better. In the research I conducted, I gathered information back until 1980 to see whether a team won the championship and also played the fewer amount of games. I kept everything else constant. Here are the results: ............West.....East.....Least Win.....Most Win.....Tie 1980.....10.........12 ........x 1981.....15.........11 ........x 1982.....8.........15 ........x 1983.....11.........9 ........x 1984.....14.........16................................x 1985.....13.........15........ x 1986.....14.........12 ........x 1987.....12.........17 ........x 1988.....14.........16 ........x 1989.....11.........13 ..............................x 1990.....16.........15 ........x 1991.....14.........12 ........x 1992.....15.........16 .............................x 1993.....18.........13 ........x 1994.....18.........16 ........x 1995.....18.........17 .............................x 1996.....15.........12 ........x 1997.....14.........13 ........x 1998.....14.........15 .............................x 1999.....12.........15 ........x 2000.....17.........17 ...........................................x 2001.....11.........18 ........x 2002.....15.........16 ........x 2003.....18.........14 ........x 2004.....17.........18 .............................x 2005.....16.........18 ........x 2006.....17.........17 ...........................................x 2007.....16.........16 ...........................................x 2008.....4...........7 19 6 3 In conclusion, 19 Championships were won by the team that played a fewer amount of games in the post season. 6 was won by the team that played the most in the post season. 3 were tied in the amount of games played. The team that won the championship with the fewer amount of times won it 74% of the time. The team that won the championship playing more games won it 24% of the time. I threw out the 3 that tied in games. **Another thing, when the team that won the championship playing more games, it was only a difference by 2 or less games.** So maybe the more difference in rest, the better the chances of winnining. With this said, It seems that rest is more important than rhythm. ....


warrenweelim
Laker GM
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Good Work Vinny... but stats like that is not really reliable unless you also determine homecourt, injury and all other things. But its nevertheless a good indicator. Just not absolute.

Good Job.


vinny808
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Age: 31
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Yes, I totally agree with you. Many many other factors go into consideration on measuring playoff success. I had to keep everything else constant in order to see if there were any correlation or revelance. I found the team with more rest won most of the time. Of course if rest was the only factor teams would win 100% of that time with more rest. But that is not the case. 6 teams won while playing more games. It would be interesting to develope this and incorporate other factors or go into more detail about the findings.


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