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Evidence: Timeouts hurt scoring
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ArtisGilmore is offline Old 02-21-2012, 05:54 PM   #1
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http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/pos...s-hurt-scoring

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HoopIdea is reimagining NBA basketball, and we kicked things off with a plea to speed up the end of close games. Timeouts, fouls, free throws, substitutions, video reviews and the like can turn the last two minutes of riveting NBA action into a 15-minute collection of dead ball time with short breaks for basketball.

The argument for those dead balls centers around the idea that coaches need to direct their players. As David Thorpe put it on Google+, “we need timeouts in this game, otherwise the games will be even more ragged than they sometimes are.” He expanded the point on the NBA Today podcast speaking for many coaches when he says coaches needed those dead balls to put their imprint on the game, and to raise the quality of play.

But we had some counter theories: Henry Abbott noted that late-game offense tends to be horrible, and wondered if those timeouts were not, as advertised, helping teams score baskets ... but might instead be very effective at strengthening the defense. Subbing in the best defenders, settling on the team's plan to handle different likely plays ... maybe that's what matters most about timeouts.
Very interesting numbers and conclusion. I think there is some merit to this study.
 
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i think the fact that players are usually pretty tired by the end of the 4th quarter has something to do with it. also as the game goes on defenders begin to adapt to the opposition as the game goes on, but i do like the part about timeouts benefiting the defense more.
 
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I general agree that timeout helps the defense more than the offense. If you have smart players on the floor, you might as well let them play rather than call a timeout.

The only time you would want a timeout is when you want to stop the clock and advance the ball to mid court.

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but it's also very exciting, when the last minute of the 4th quarter in a close game can turn into 10-15 minutes of pure 'holding your breath' excitement

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maybe now the defending team will call timeouts.

Really there is no way to remove timeouts from the game, either way one side will call it. Maybe just remove them altogether if that is the point.
 
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Didn't Rick Berry once suggested that the timeouts should be abolished and the coaches have no participation in the game? Kind of like soccer. That would be interesting IMO.

But he also suggested the rim be heightened and Shaq be given clown shoes to take away his advantage.

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