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Real time duration of NBA games in 2010-11

30 May

Have you ever wondered which teams had the shortest and the longest games?
Well, you are in the right place ;-) Unless you are interested in playoffs data – then visit this post.

But let’s start with some curiosities…
The longest game of the season lasted 3 hours and 22 minutes:
Suns won against Grizzlies in double overtime on November 5 and
New Jersey Nets won against Raptors in triple overtime March 5.

The shortest game of the season lasted 1 hour and 53 minutesRockets destroyed Nets on March 29.

And now for something incredible: there were only 3 games over 200 minutes and 1 game which finished in less than 115 minutes and THREE OF THEM included New Jersey Nets! Amazing coincidence…

Average length of game was 138,1 minutes [down from 139,16 minutes in 2009-10!].

OK, now let’s focus on the main point of this post: length of games in the last regular season…

Team Avg Minutes Gms more
than 3 hours
Gms less
than 2 hours
Los Angeles Clippers 144,65 2 0
Oklahoma City Thunder 143,13 1 0
Miami Heat 142,84 0 0
Orlando Magic 142,01 0 0
Boston Celtics 141,84 0 0
Chicago Bulls 140,66 1 0
Phoenix Suns 140,61 3 1
New York Knicks 140,10 0 1
New Jersey Nets 139,42 2 1
Memphis Grizzlies 139,36 1 0
Sacramento Kings 139,27 0 0
Portland Trail Blazers 138,74 0 1
Denver Nuggets 138,57 0 1
Los Angeles Lakers 138,27 1 1
Washington Wizards 138,22 1 1
Minnesota Timberwolves 137,64 0 0
Golden State Warriors 137,30 0 0
Detroit Pistons 137,20 0 1
Utah Jazz 137,13 1 0
Toronto Raptors 137,04 1 0
Indiana Pacers 136,29 0 0
Dallas Mavericks 136,26 0 0
New Orleans Hornets 136,02 0 0
Philadelphia 76ers 135,65 0 4
San Antonio Spurs 135,16 0 1
Charlotte Bobcats 134,50 0 1
Houston Rockets 134,48 0 4
Cleveland Cavaliers 133,89 0 1
Milwaukee Bucks 133,77 0 2
Atlanta Hawks 133,11 0 3

Congratulations for Los Angeles Clippers! Yes, they were the best at something! ;-)
And I’m surprised that Hawks and Bucks were so quick… because Cavs were simply blew out too often.

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13 Comments

Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Scrutiny

 

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13 responses to “Real time duration of NBA games in 2010-11

  1. Greyberger

    May 30, 2011 at 08:36

    I’d be interested in seeing these numbers again, adjusted for overtime periods – basically see how many real minutes per game minute for each team.

     
  2. wiLQ

    May 30, 2011 at 12:12

    “I’d be interested in seeing these numbers again, adjusted for overtime periods”
    I also would be interested ;-) but…
    a) how would you adjust it? I’m pretty sure not every overtime lasted the same time,
    b) do you know where is the list of overtime games?
    Or I have to count them myself? Hey, that could be an idea for a post ;-)
    c) Overtimes do increase the time of games…

     
  3. Matt

    June 1, 2011 at 22:43

    You’d adjust for the same reason you adjust player stats to per minute or per possession. It puts every team on equal ground. Then, the data would show how long each teams’ games took relative to “game minutes.”

    Either way, interesting post.

     
  4. wiLQ

    June 1, 2011 at 23:40

    Wait a second, I understand idea and I agree that adjustment should be done…
    but how could I do that without any information about length of overtimes?

     
  5. wiLQ

    June 4, 2011 at 00:56

     

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