Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Miss the NBA playoffs two years in a row? Not the Spurs!

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One of the most amazing stats in the NBA is that the San Antonio Spurs have never gone two consecutive years without making the playoffs since they came in to the league in 1976-77.

Equally as impressive are the Los Angeles Lakers who last missed the NBA playoffs in back-to-back seasons in 1976.

Following are the teams that have had the longest time since missing the playoffs in two consecutive seasons.

Team, Last time they missed playoffs in two consecutive seasons

San Antonio                            Never

Los Angeles Lakers               1975-76

Phoenix                                   1987-88

Dallas                                       1999-2000

Miami                                      2002-03

Denver                                     2002-03

Chicago                                    2003-04

Cleveland                                 2004-05

Utah                                         2005-06

Orlando                                   2005-06

Note: The Detroit Pistons missed the playoffs last season, the first time they missed the NBA playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1994-95.


50 games without Ryan Braun: What do the Brewers need to do to stay in the playoff race?

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At the time I post this, the Milwaukee Brewers are still waiting to hear the fate of their NL MVP Ryan Braun. Will he serve the entire 50-game suspension? Will it be reduced to 25 games? Or will a reversal of the suspension answer the Brewers prayers?

As the Brewers and Braun wait, the Brewer faithful are anticipating the worst… 50 games without Braun. If that is the case, the question becomes, what do the Brewers have to do in the win-loss column to stay above water until Braun returns? To help answer that question, here’s a look back at the last 12 seasons and how each of the eight playoff teams (four in the American League and four in the National League) were doing after 50 games.

* Of the 96 teams that made the playoffs in the last 12 seasons, 78 were above .500 at the 50-game mark.

* Of the 96 teams that made the playoffs from 2000-2011, 6 had 25 wins and 25 losses after 50 games.

* Of those 96 teams, only 12 (12.5%) were under .500 after the first 50 games.

Here’s a look at the 12 teams that were under .500 after 50 games yet made the playoffs in the last 12 seasons.

Team, season, 50-game record

Houston, 2005, 18-32

Colorado, 2009, 20-30

Florida, 2003, 21-29

New York Yankees, 2007, 21-29

Chicago Cubs, 2007, 22-28

Minnesota, 2006, 23-27

Oakland, 2006, 23-27

Colorado, 2007, 23-27

Milwaukee, 2008, 23-27

Oakland, 2001, 24-26

Oakland, 2002, 24-26

Minnesota, 2009, 24-26

Did you know? The average record after 50 games of the 96 teams that made the playoffs from 2000-2011 was 28-22.

SIX STATS you might not know about… outrebounding the opposition for the season in the NBA

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Today we’re looking at the season rebounding stats of NBA teams; specifically, teams that had more (or fewer) rebounds for the season than their opponents.

1. The last 16 NBA champions have had more rebounds than their opponents for the season. The last team to win the NBA title with fewer rebounds than their opponents in the season were the 1994-95 Houston Rockets.

2. During the 2010-2011 NBA season, 16 teams had more rebounds than their opponents for the season. Of those 16, 11 had a winning percentage over .500. Of the 14 teams who were outrebounded for the season by the opposition, only four had a winning record, nine were under .500, and one team finished at .500.

3. Last season the Utah Jazz were outrebounded by their opponents 3351 to 3236 for the season. It was the first time since the 1991-92 season that the Jazz had fewer rebounds than their foes for the season, breaking a string of 18 straight seasons where the Jazz had more rebounds than their opponents for the season.

4. Memphis has outrebounded their opponents in the last two NBA seasons. However, they had previously gone nine straight seasons where they were outrebounded by their opponents from 2000-01 to 2008-09.

5. The San Antonio Spurs have the longest current streak of consecutive seasons where they have outrebounded their opponents with 14; the Spurs have not been outrebounded in a season since 1996-97. Orlando has a streak of seven straight, followed by the Lakers and Oklahoma City with four straight seasons.

6. The longest current streak of seasons where a team has been outrebounded is held by Toronto. They have been outrebounded by the opposition in nine straight seasons. Golden State is second with seven straight seasons being outrebounded for the season.

California: The professional sports title capital (state) of the world!

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The Super Bowl victory of the New York Giants gave the state of New York their 21st professional sports title (Major League Baseball, the NBA, NFL and NHL) since 1966. Those 21 titles, however, is second to the state of California, which has 29 titles.

Following are the states which have the most professional sports titles in the four major sports since 1966 (1966 was chosen due to the start of the Super Bowl).

BA=Baseball (MLB)…FB=Football (NFL)…BK=Basketball (NBA)…H=Hockey (NHL)

STATE                         BA…FB…BK…H…TOTAL

California                         8…….8……12…..1……..29

New York                         9…….5…….2……5……..21

Massachusetts                2…….3…….9……3……..17

Pennsylvania                  4…….6…….2……5……..17

Texas                                0…….5…….7……1………13

Illinois                              1…….1…….6…….1………9

Michigan                         2…….0…….3……4………9

Florida                             2…….3…….1…….1……….7

Missouri                          5…….2…….0……0……….7

Maryland                        3…….2…….0……0……….5

Wisconsin                      0…….4……..1……0……….5

Also: Colorado (4), District of Columbia (4), Ohio (3), New Jersey (3), Minnesota (2), Arizona (1), Georgia (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), North Carolina (1), Washington (1), Oregon (1).

Note: Canada has 20 professional sports titles… two World Series wins by the Toronto Blue Jays and 18 NHL titles.

Did you know? Looking at the most professional sports titles since the start of the 21st century, California still holds the lead with 8. Second place, however, goes to Massachusetts with seven.

“B4” Sports Trivia: Kobe Bryant

“B4” Sports Trivia is a bonus feature of Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ (Answers for the four “B4” questions are listed at the end of the blog.)

English: Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant

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1. “B4” he started his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant was drafted by what NBA team in the 1996 draft?

2. Kobe has led the Lakers in scoring every year since the 2001-02 season. Who was the last Laker to lead the team in scoring “B4” Kobe started his streak in 2001-02?

3. Phil Jackson was Kobe’s head coach for most of his career. Jackson took over the head coaching job starting with the 1999-2000 NBA season. Who was the Lakers head coach “B4” Jackson took over?

4. Four players have scored 5,000 or more points in the playoffs. Kobe was the last player to join this club; he did it during the 2010 playoffs. Who were the three players to score 5,000 or more points in the playoffs “B4” Kobe?


1. Kobe was drafted in the first round by the Charlotte Hornets.

2. Shaquille O’Neal

3. Kurt Rambis coached the Lakers in the last 37 games of the 1998-99 season before Jackson took over the following season.

4. Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal