View Full Version : The Sweet Sixteen

02-13-2007, 02:00 AM
This is still a work in progress, but I'm looking for anything that stands out in the hypothetical scenario where we ignore the lottery teams and just look at the playoff teams' performance against other playoff teams. I am aware that the final sixteen could change and all that, but as of now, here is what it would look like if we only considered games that paired two of the current playoff teams:


I don't know about you, but I'm about ready for Utah to go ahead and go away.

I'll keep looking at these numbers to see if I can find more. Observations from the records alone?

02-13-2007, 03:03 AM
The 16-5 for the Suns looks wrong.
I counted 10 losses against current playoff teams.

02-13-2007, 03:06 AM
Thank you. That should read 16-10. It's a typo. But I believe the percentage still stands.

I'm currently fumed because it looks my file has been corrupted. Grrr!

02-13-2007, 03:31 AM
Yes, the percentage is correct.
Out of interrest I checked some more of your numbers.
Jazz correct
Mavs correct
Suns now correct
Pistons correct
Rockets correct
Spurs I count 14 losses
Lakers I count only 13 losses
Bulls correct
Nuggets I count 11 losses

02-13-2007, 10:30 AM
Wow. I had no idea the Lakers had played that many games against playoff teams. Their schedule must be going to get easier.

02-13-2007, 10:35 AM
Observations from the records alone?

Riley is a pansy.

02-13-2007, 01:28 PM
none of these teams have beaten the mavs more than once......


fi, fi, fi, fi............


02-13-2007, 04:47 PM
Thanks Chum. Though I'm too lazy to do my own analysis, I enjoy looking at what others have done.

What do I observe from these stats? Confirmation of what we knew all along, Utah is the best in the west. ;)

Seriously though, I don't think we can discount Utah's record. They're young, and they're figuring out they can play with anybody. But also, since they're young, almost anybody can shake their confidence and beat them on any given day (as evidenced by their 14-10 record vs. non-playoff teams). I think, if everything goes right, Utah could be a very serious contender as early as next year. They need to have a good experience in the playoffs though. If they exit in the first round, all bets are off. Who saw Utah catching up with the Spurs this fast? Not in style of play, but in terms of degree of threat, they remind me of the Mavs in 2001.

I like that 8 out of the 9 Mavs' losses were vs. playoff competition.

I'd be interested in seeing the same stats evaluated for only teams facing w.c. playoff teams and perhaps a couple of the best teams in the east. Or, instead of using playoff standing as a metric, use some other ranking system such as KG's most recent offense/defense/rebounding stats or even Hollinger's rankings.