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June 7, 2017

Late nights; a slam dunk for poor basketball performance

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , — Phil Teuwen @ 5:50 pm

Well it is NBA finals time, and while not all of Australia tune in for the NBA finals, those of us who do had better hope their favorite players put their phones on charge and went straight to bed!

Recently, Jones and Hale from the Stony Brook University looked at the twitter activity of 112 NBA players over the course of 7 seasons. They used twitter activity between 11pm and 7am as a proxy for being up late. What they found was that those players who were up tweeting to all hours of the morning had a poorer field goal percentage (1.7%) and played less time on the court.

Often in elite sports, it is the finest of margins that leads to victory or defeat… and for those up late tweeting, they should probably ask their followers: #wasitworthit


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