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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Is It Possible to Steal a Championship?

A team that escapes with a victory on a fluke play is said to have "stolen" a win. Is it possible to literally steal wins--or even steal a championship? Specifically, how directly do steals correlate with winning? On the surface, a steal is the best way for a team's defense to end an offensive possession--not only does the offense fail to score, but the defense has gained control of the ball immediately, without having to chase down a rebound, and the defensive team may even be in position to quickly convert the steal into fastbreak points.

At NBCSports.com, I take a look at whether or not "crime" pays in the NBA:

Is It Possible to Steal a Championship?

posted by David Friedman @ 12:26 AM



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