Suns Record Defies Logic
Posted: Feb. 13, 2012
One of the most difficult challenges posed to an NBA player is playing on the second half of a back-to-back set of games.
After giving it your all in a game, it takes an enormous amount of energy to fly to another city late after a game, get to bed early in the morning and then try to do it all over again the next night. That’s why the second half of back-to-backs are so dreaded; and that’s why certain games at impromptu times are called scheduling losses.
But what’s interesting about the Suns this season is that they are actually doing better on the second half of back-to-backs. For some reason, the Suns are 2-6 in the first game of a back-to-backs and 4-3 on the second halves this season.
Since this 66-game schedule has been so funky, we figured Suns Head Coach Alvin Gentry might have the answer for this irregularity.
“I don’t ask questions or try to figure it out,” Gentry said semi-kiddingly. “That’s how coaches screw up. They try to figure things out.
“Let it be what it is. We’re playing really well on the second half of back-to-backs, so I don’t need to figure it out.”
By breaking down the numbers, it appears that the teams that the Suns have played on the second half of back-to-backs haven’t been as talented as the teams on the first half of the back-to-backs. The teams on the first halves had an overall record of 103-92, while the teams on the second halves were 80-115.
The difference between those winning percentages would make teams on the first halves a contender for the No. 7 or 8 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, while the teams on the second halves would be a few games out of the playoffs.
However, if the Suns took their one game against the Bobcats (who happen to be 3-24) out of the equation, the record for teams on the second halves of back-to-backs would be much better (77-91). So although the teams on the second halves are a little weaker, that still shouldn’t account for the significant disparity between the two records.
What’s even more odd is the fact that in the second halves of back-to-backs, the Suns are better on the road (2-1) than at home (2-2). Or, perhaps the only thing predictable about the Suns this year is their unpredictability.
The Suns’ road record is currently better than their home record.
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