Does It Make A Difference If NBA Players Miss Their First Shot?

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Photo Credit: sportsillustrated.cnn.com

During the playoffs, broadcasters love to pull out fact-like objects based on incredibly small samples. Before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, for example, announcers pointed out that, in the playoffs, Roy Hibbert had shot significantly better after making his first field-goal attempt. The impression this left was, “Oh boy, if Hibbert makes his first shot, it’ll be a whole different ballgame, I tell you what.”

Leading up to this game, though, the Pacers had been in all of 18 playoff games. Examining small samples will easily produce varying results. But that doesn’t mean the results actually represent anything.

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